'I Am Not Your Negro' Coming to Lincoln Jan. 16

News Release Date: 
January 4, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 4, 2018) – The highly acclaimed film “I Am Not Your Negro” will be screened in Lincoln at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Union Auditorium, 1400 R Street. An Oscar nominee for best documentary, the film examines race in America and is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

The free event is presented by NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. An informal discussion will follow the screening and be moderated by history and ethnic studies professor Patrick Jones. The film screening is part of UNL’s MLK Week, celebrating the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The story begins in 1979 when James Baldwin writes a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, which was to be a personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of Baldwin’s close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.  At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, only 30 pages of his manuscript were completed. The film envisions the book Baldwin never finished and includes rich archival material.

“I Am Not Your Negro” is the first of five films to be screened in Lincoln as part of NET’s 2018 Indie Lens Pop-Up screening and discussion series. Next up will be “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black College and Universities,” which will be screened at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1 at the UNL Union Auditorium. This film explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities have played in American history, culture and identity. The film reveals the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice. For a complete Indie Lens Pop-Up schedule, visit netNebraska.org/engage.

For those unable to attend the screening, “I Am Not Your Negro” will air on NET 10 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19 and “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” will air on NET 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 as part of the “Independent Lens” series on PBS. 

James Baldwin "I Am Not Your Negro"

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Contact: MJ Winquest, 402-470-6247, mjwinquest@netNebraska.org

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Indie Lens Pop-Up
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