Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through films produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), UALR Public Radio/KUAR FM 89.1 and William F. Laman Library invite the public to a free screening of “The New Black” as part of Community Cinema Tuesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. The screening will be held in the library room 126.
“The New Black” follows the African-American community as it grapples with the gay rights issue in light of the recent same-sex marriage movement. Following the struggle over marriage equality in the state of Maryland, the film explores how the battle for the hearts and minds of black voters – who compose almost a third of the state’s electorate – is fought from the pulpit. Through the stories of activists, families and clergy on both sides of the debate, the film charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.
The screening will be held in the auditorium of William F. Laman Public Library, 2801 Orange Street, North Little Rock. A panel discussion with Cornelius Mabin, Jr., Community Co-Chair of the Arkansas HIV Prevention Group, will follow the screening. Additional information is available by calling AETN at 800-662-2386.