Rockford, Illinois News

Rockford Public Library to screen racial justice documentaries

Screenings will include discussions led by community activist Tony Turner.

ROCKFORD — The Rockford Public Library will screen three documentaries this month that feature subject matter important to the overall theme of racial justice in America.

Films will be shown 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays at the Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St., downtown. They will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by community activist and mentor Tony Turner of the United Way’s Strong House and Conscious Coaching.

The film series is the first of events being promoted under RPL’s newly designated Anti-racism Initiative, which aims to provide opportunities for people in our community to learn about the multi-faceted problems of racism and
discuss solutions.

“As stated in our strategic plan, Rockford Public Library works to celebrate diversity and inclusion of all within our community.” RPL Executive Director Lynn Stainbrook said. “(The screenings) are perfect examples of the type of unique learning experiences that makes RPL a key education provider for people of all ages.”

Screening schedule:

  • Sept. 15: “I Am Not Your Negro,” written by James Baldwin, directed by Raoul Peck
  • Sept. 22: “Teach Us All,” directed by Sonia Lowman, produced by ARRAY
  • Sept. 29: “Whose Streets?” directed by Sabbah Folayan & Damon Davis
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