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Commissioner Arrington Hosts Annual Black History Film Festival | Print |

Screenings of films will occur at two Fulton County libraries

ATLANTA – As part of the ongoing efforts to observe Black History Month, Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. will host a Black History Film Festival. The event will kick off with an opening reception on Friday, February 26 at 5pm at Wolf Creek Library, 3100 Enon Rd, Atlanta, GA 30349. Film screenings will follow on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 12pm at the Metropolitan branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System at 1332 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 and at the Wolf Creek Library. Commissioner Arrington will deliver opening and closing remarks at the Metropolitan Library event. The festival will feature films detailing both seminal moments in the civil rights movement and unheralded African-Americans who contributed to American history.

“There are several iconic figures who serve as the faces of the civil rights movement, but there are other African-Americans who made significant contributions to the advancement of Black people in the United States,” says Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. “We like to present these films of unsung black heroes to broaden our audience’s knowledge and understanding of American history.”

At Friday’s opening reception, a screening of The Making of Modern Atlanta will also feature a question and answer session by the film’s producer, former Mayor of Atlanta and United Nations Ambassador, Andrew Young. . Ambassador Young will conduct this Q&A after the film. At this reception, the winners of essay and film competitions will be awarded $500 in prize money.

“I host this event every year and it’s edutainment, that is education and entertainment for the entire family,” adds Commissioner Arrington. “So bring your children and grandparents.”

The schedule of film screenings is as follows:

Saturday, February 27th Metropolitan Library 12 PM session

  • Screening of Black Friday (37 mins)
  • Screening of Hardwood (29 mins)
  • Screening of February One (61 mins)
  • Screening of Clinton 12 (86 mins) 

Saturday, February 27th Wolf Creek Library 12 PM session

  • Screening of Alley Pat (81 mins)
  • Screening of Black Confederates: The Forgotten Men in Gray (68 mins)
  • Screening of We the People (68 mins)
  • Screening of Untold Story of Emmitt Till (70 mins)

For more information, visit Fulton County’s website at www.fultoncountyga.gov or connect with Fulton County government on Twitter at @FultonInfo or Facebook at @fultoninfo


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