February Film Series: Black History Month

Take the time to learn more about African-American history in February. We will show four films that explore black history. Of these films, two are based on real historical events. The other two films are drawn from works of literature.

All films are shown in the large lower-level conference room. The screenings are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Poster of "Rosewood" Poster of "Miracle at St. Anna"
Poster of "Glory"
Poster of "For Colored Girls"

Feb. 5 -- Rosewood (1997)
R, 140 minutes
The excruciating true story of Rosewood, a Florida town that in 1923 was attacked and burned to the ground by a lynch mob after a white woman claimed a black man attacked her. Starring Jon Voight and Ving Rhames. Learn more about the event in Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood by Michael D'Orso.

Feb. 12 -- Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
R, 160 minutes
***This film begins at 5 p.m.***
Italy, August 1944. Four soldiers from the all-black 92nd Infantry Division are trapped near a small Tuscan village during World War II. One of the men risks his life to save an Italian boy who lives in a war-razed village. Directed by Spike Lee. Based on James McBride's novel Miracle at St. Anna (also available in electronic format).

Feb. 19 -- Glory (1989)
R, 122 minutes
This film is based on the true story of the Civil War’s all-black regiment, led by the idealistic Col. Robert Gould Shaw. The regiment faced hardships in the war as well as discrimination within the Union Army. Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.

Feb. 26 -- For Colored Girls (2010)
R, 134 minutes
A vibrant world where friends and strangers dream, fear, cry, love, and laugh out loud in an attempt to find their true selves. Adapted by writer-director Tyler Perry from Ntozake Shange's acclaimed choreopoem (also available in electronic format), this gripping film paints an unforgettable portrait of what it means to be a woman of color in the modern world. The all-star cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton and Kerry Washington.