Racial Equity Initiative: Movies to Watch, Educate, and Discuss Together
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It can be a long process to understand the way our systems and structures prop up and cause racial inequality – especially for people who haven’t suffered directly and may even have benefited from these systems. One way to begin is by watching great movies or reading books that illustrate key aspects of systemic racism. The stories and images can shape our imaginations in powerful ways, and film can be a force for rewiring how viewers see the world off-screen, too.
As part of Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative (REI) to recognize and to educate ourselves about systemic racism and to explore the unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, we are launching a series of programs to help promote discussion and understanding. Discussing selected movies that illustrate the effects of systemic racism is one form of education. Be on the lookout for news about our Book Discussions too.
Register to join us online via Zoom to participate in a facilitated discussion of the movie. Important Note: Participants should watch the movie on your own prior to the event.
This month: I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro is a riveting documentary based on the work and words of James Baldwin, famous novelist, essayist, and playwright during the Civil Rights era. The 2017 documentary uses clips of Baldwin and others, including his friends Martin Luther King Jr, Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X, to illustrate Baldwin’s eloquent take on the racial history of America. The words are all Baldwin’s, with Samuel L. Jackson doing the voice-over in places. For those not familiar with Baldwin’s writing, this is an excellent introduction to his genius.
The New York Times called I Am Not Your Negro “life altering” and both a “remedial course in American history and an advanced seminar in racial politics.” NY Times, 2/2/17. Directed by Raoul Peck, I Am Not Your Negro won numerous awards including Best Documentary from BAFTA, and was nominated for an Oscar.
MPAA rating: PG-13
Common Sense Media: 4-star rating, appropriate for age 13+, with many positive role models and messaging; however, 3 out of 5 points for violence (some footage of police violence, racially motivated violence, lynchings).
I Am Not Your Negro can be found on a variety of platforms, including YouTube, Apple TV, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Netflix.
Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative statement of purpose:
We recommit to recognizing and dismantling racism and unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, in the institution of the church, and in the broader culture. We will provide a space to process what we are seeing and learning and to discern our call as a community of faith to take action toward these goals. Our shared set of values and mission calls us to transform lives for Christ: that now calls us to transform our own lives to be less complicit in racist aspects of our culture, to transform the lives of those who have historically faced oppression by helping eradicate systemic racism disproportionately affecting them, and to be the hands and feet of Christ by opposing institutions and practices everywhere that deny the full humanity of all God’s children.