On Monday, September 17, and then again on Thursday, October 4, there will be screenings of The Blackness Project, award winning filmmaker Korey Green’s counter response to The Whiteness Project – a controversial online video essay that is essentially based on “white people talking about identifying with being white”. These screenings are being shown as part of a continued effort to talk about the issues of race in Buffalo, and identify solutions moving forward.
The conversation about racial history and everyday realities continues.
“RACISM. The history is deep and painful. However, together we can rewrite this racial narrative. It begins with awareness and real conversations focused on solutions.” – The Blackness Project Film Team
It starts with a screening, and evolves into a conversation.
The Monday, September 17 event will be hosted by the National Federation for Just Communities of WNY (NFJC) at The True Bethel Baptist Church located on 907 East Ferry Street. The film screening will begin at 6:00 pm and immediately following the film there will be a community conversation led by a diverse panel of community leaders.
“The mission of The Blackness Project film aligns with what our agency has communicated in the Buffalo Community for over 65 years,” stated Lana Benotovich, President of the NFJC. “We are an organization dedicated to overcoming racism, bias, and discrimination by building understanding, respect, and trust through education, advocacy, and community involvement.”
The following community members have agreed to be panelists:
- Rev. Craig D. Pridgen, Senior Pastor of the Niagara Falls Experience of True Bethel Baptist Church
- Murray Holman, Chairman of Stop the Violence Coalition
- Bradford R. Watts, Community Relations Coordinator for People Inc. and a NFJC Board Member
- Dr. Irwin Gelman, Cantor at Congregation Beth Abraham and he is a Distinguished Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Michael N. Martin, Executive Director Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc.
- Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Executive Director – PUSH Buffalo
- Denisha Thomas, A two-time Emmy nominated journalist, who serves as the evening executive producer for WGRZ (Channel 2) in Buffalo, N.Y.
“We are amazed by the powerful conversations that follow each film screening of The Blackness Project. The Buffalo community has embraced the vision and organizations continue to reach out to host a screening,” stated Green.
- PRIOR REPORTS: 2016 – Buffalo listed as a top 10 segregated city.
- THE REALITY: A city facing the past. A city focused on the future.
- BUFFALO is TALKING: There are diverse conversations about race happening in BUFFALO!
According, to Korey Green and Executive Producer Peter Johnson, “‘The Blackness Project’s mission is to educate, elevate, and engage Americans to bridge the racial divide in our country by creating a meaningful dialogue on race. It is important to know that we do not seek to divide with this project, but to encourage serious conversations that lead to community led solutions.”
The conversation continues on October 4, 2018. “The Blackness Project” film team will host a film screening and community conversation at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at 6:00 pm.