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Black Rockfordians Film Screening and Panel Discussion, Feb, 18

Tuesday, February 11, 2014  
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For immediate release - 2/11/14
Contact: Director of Communications, Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374 



Rockford, Ill., —Rockford University's Howard Colman Library is co-hosting a screening of the film "Black Rockfordians: Their Journey Through the Forest City" with the Northern Illinois Southern Illinois Chapter of Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) on Tuesday, February 18 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., in the Lion’s Den located on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion. The panelists will include local community members: Estelle Black, Michael Williams, Elridge Skip Gilbert, Lloyd Hawks, Katherine Robinson, Richard Meeks, Fayrene Muhammad and Joyce Higgins. 

The film was made to accompany the book of oral histories. The film is narrated by Rockford native Michelle Williams (formerly of Destiny’s Child). It covers the history of African American in Rockford starting with Lewis Lemon. The historical overview includes social life, business, churches, newspapers, government, and politics.

For questions about the screening and panel discussion, contact Rachael Altman, assistant professor and reference and instructional librarian, 815-226-4165.



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