KRCU to Host Free Film Screening and Discussion Jan. 21

ADM-KRCUCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 12, 2016 – KRCU with India Lens Pop-Up, Independent Television Service (ITVS), the PBS series Independent Lens, WSIU Public Broadcasting and the Cape Girardeau Public Library will present a free screening and discussion of “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” a film by Stanley Nelson.

The event will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Cape Girardeau Public Library, 711 N. Clark, in Cape Girardeau. Should inclement weather occur, a snow date is scheduled for Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.

The feature-length documentary explores the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and dozens of others, alongside a soul-power soundtrack of the music so integral to the Party’s identity, the film offers an essential history lesson and a vibrant chronicle of a pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America.

Following the film, guests are invited to participate in an open conversation about race relations and social justice issues. Guests will also be entered in a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card.

Southeast Missouri State University faculty will be among the discussion moderators, including Dr. Morris Jenkins, dean of the College of Health and Human Services; Dr. Hamner Hill, chair of the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Religion; and Carl Kinnison, instructor at the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology and former Cape Girardeau Chief of Police.

They will be joined by Lloyd Williams, vice president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – Cape Girardeau.

This event is free, and refreshments and a soup dinner will be served. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended at http://bit.ly/black_panthers_cape or by calling the Cape Girardeau Public Library at (573) 334-5279.

For more information about the film, visit http://itvs.org/films/black-panthers or http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/the-black-panthers-vanguard-of-the-revolution.

For more information about the screening, contact the Cape Girardeau Public Library at (573) 334-5279.