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AETN to host free screening of 'I Am Not Your Negro' in Little Rock

Posted 19 Oct 2017

The Arkansas Educational Television Network, in partnership with "Independent Lens" and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), will host a free screening of "I Am Not Your Negro," Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock.

A panel discussion on James Baldwin, writing and books will immediately follow the film. Featured panelists include Arkansas authors Daniel Black, Ph.D., and Vincent Tolliver. Dr. Black - who spent his boyhood in rural Conway County, Arkansas - is an award-winning novelist and professor of African American Studies at Clark Atlanta University. Tolliver is Little Rock based writer, activist and James Baldwin scholar.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets are available at ronrobinsontheater.org.

"I Am Not Your Negro" envisions the book that James Baldwin never completed. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, to be called "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. However, at the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript.

Director Raul Peck's Academy Award-nominated documentary presents a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America using Baldwin's original words spoken by Samuel L. Jackson and accompanied by a flood of rich archival material. "I Am Not Your Negro" is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of Black Lives Matter and questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. Ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what it means to be an American.

"I Am Not Your Negro" will premiere Monday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. on AETN as part of the ongoing series "Independent Lens."

The Emmy Award-winning weekly series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers.

Presented by ITVS, "Independent Lens" is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Central Arkansas Library System includes 14 branch libraries located in Little Rock, Perryville and throughout Pulaski County, and offers the largest research collection in Central Arkansas. CALS's downtown Little Rock campus includes the Ron Robinson Theater, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and the Cox Creative Center.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).