Award-winning film "The New Black" to be screened
November 6, 2013
The Black Law Students Association will screen the award-winning documentary, "The New Black" which tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The screening will take place on November 19 at 5 p.m. in room 112 of the Lewis Katz Building, University Park with simulcast to room 114 Lewis Katz Hall in Carlisle. The film documents activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church. The public is welcome to attend.
After the film there will be panel discussion comparing the gay rights movement with the modern civil rights movement. The panel will feature:
- Carla Pratt, Nancy J. LaMont Faculty Scholar, Professor of Law, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Penn State's Dickinson School of Law.
- Victor Romero, Maureen B. Cavanaugh Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, Penn State's Dickinson School of Law.
- Bekah Saidman-Krauss, Assistant Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid, Penn State's Dickinson School of Law.
- Dr. Moya Bailey, Post-Doctoral Scholar in African American Studies, Penn State's Africana Research Center.
- Dr. AnneMarie Mingo, Post-Doctoral Scholar in African American Studies, Penn State's Africana Research Center.
- Allison Subasic, Director, Penn State's LGBTA Student Resource Center
"This film is on the cutting edge of a very topical issue in both the African American and LGBTA communities," Dwayne Wright, a second-year law student and president of BLSA (Black Law Students Association) said. "We'll view the film and our panel will use it as a springboard to compare and contrast the gay rights and the civil rights movements."
Food will be provided.