The Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival!


Karen Friedeborn
 


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Date: Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 3:29 PM
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The BlackQuaker Project Announces: 
The Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival! 
Screenings Every Other Saturday
12 February 2022  - 9 April 2022 , 1 PM ET 

Dear F/friends,

    The BlackQuaker Project (BQP) is thrilled to announce the Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival, a unique, virtual event that continues our mission of anti-racist work within and outside the Religious Society of Friends. 
    Co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and co-presented with the DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst, the Coolidge Corner Theater, and the Goethe-Institut Boston, this groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind film festival endeavors to educate all about the importance of Quakers of Color, who for too long have remained within the margins of the Society of Friends and the wider world. These celebrated pioneers include Mahala Ashley Dickerson, Howard Thurman, and Bayard Rustin, African American Friends included in Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights (2011) (edited by Harold D. Weaver Jr., Paul Kriese, and Stephen W. Angell). Also honored is Quakers of Color International Archive (QCIA) interviewee South African political leader, anti-apartheid activist, and newly appointed QUNO-Geneva Director Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge. Prolific artist and human rights activist Paul Robeson and his 200 years of Quaker ancestors round out the festival honorees. 
    Starting on 12 February 2022, during Black History Month, through Paul Robeson’s birthday on 9 April 2022, every other Saturday at 1pm ET, we will screen a film centered on a Quaker of Color with an introduction from a guest expert and a follow-up discussion facilitated by BQP Director Dr. Harold D. (Hal) Weaver. Our first screening will be a unique event, featuring a landmark dialogue between South African Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge and Palestinian AFSC General Secretary Joyce Ajlouny, the first two women of color to lead Quaker transnational organizations. You can register for this event here.

Our Full Screening Schedule:
Saturday, 12 February 2022: I Am A Woman - Leap of Faith: Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge (2012)

  • Honoring Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge (b. 1952): Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)-Geneva Director, former South African Deputy Minister of Health, and former South African Deputy Minister of Defense. 
  • Featuring a discussion between the honoree and AFSC General Secretary Joyce Ajlouny.

Saturday, 26 February 2022: Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story (2019) 

  • Honoring Dr. Howard Thurman (1899-1981): Civil Rights mentor, educator, preacher, theologian, and prolific author.
  • Featuring a discussion with Dr. Stephen W. Angell, Earlham School of Religion.

Saturday, 12 March 2022: Alaska On Line: Red Boucher Interviews Mahala Ashley Dickerson (1998)

  • Honoring Mahala Ashley Dickerson (1912-2007): Quaker legal pioneer in both Alaska and Alabama, and Alaska homesteader.
  • Featuring a discussion with Johnny Gibbons, life-time law partner of Mahala Dickerson.

Saturday, 26 March 2022: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2003)

  • Honoring Bayard Rustin (1912-1987): Human Rights Activist & Social Critic.
  • Featuring a discussion between Walter Nagle, Bayard Rustin’s partner and adopted son, and Dr. Sa’ed Atshan, Swarthmore associate professor of peace studies, currently writing a book on African American and Palestinian Quakers.

Saturday, 9 April 2022: “Paul Robeson and His Quaker Ancestors” – Paul Robeson: I’m A Negro, I’m An American (1989)

  • Honoring Paul Robeson (1898-1976) and 200 years of his Quaker Ancestors: the Bustill-Mapps-Douglass Family of Philadelphia.
  • Featuring a discussion between Joyce Mosley, researcher and descendent of the Bustill-Mapps-Douglass family; Dr. Mark Solomon, eminent historian and authority on African Americans and the Left; and Dr. Hal Weaver, Robeson advocate-researcher for over 50 years. 

    Each film will be screened at 1pm ET on Saturdays over Zoom. The final screening, on 9 April, will also be presented at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston for a simultaneous online and in-person event. 
    For more information on the Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival, please visit our official page for the festival here. For additional information about the BlackQuaker Project, visit www.theblackquakerproject.org. Write to us at the theblackquakerproject@... with any questions about the Festival.
    Please feel free to forward this e-newsletter on to other organizations and individuals who you feel might be interested.

Peace and blessings,
Dr. Harold D. (Hal) Weaver 
Director of The BlackQuaker Project

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