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Museum’s Black History month series looks at the influence of film on race relations

Brock A. Stein | 2/7/2018, 10:58 a.m.
The Joliet Area Historical Museum will celebrate Black History month in February with a three-part film series titled “Black History ...
The Joliet Area Historical Museum will celebrate Black History month in February with a three-part film series titled “Black History Thru Film.”

The Joliet Area Historical Museum will celebrate Black History month in February with a three-part film series titled “Black History Thru Film.”

The first part of the free series kicks off on Thursday, February 8 and will be followed by installments on Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 from5-7 p.m.

The series starts this Thursday with Warren Sharpe CEO Kay Bolden who will present clips from the Oscar-nominated film “Get Out.”

Historical Museum Special Events Manager Liz McNeil said that the series was conceived as a way to discuss the state of race relations through the lens of three current films.

“All of these movies are modern movies and they all tackle the state of race relations,” said McNeil.

The second installment on February 15 will include a presentation of clips from the movie “The Butler” by media and public relations professional Bonnie Winfrey. The February 22 event will feature clips from the movie “Hidden Figures” by Julie Edwards, Director of Health of Health Promotion at the University of Chicago.

All of the women presenting are Joliet natives said McNeil and came from a recommendation from one of the museum’s board members who said they would be ideal for presenting the material and leading a discussion which includes a look at the influence that films can have on race issues today.

“She said they would be great mediators for the discussion we’re hoping to have,” said McNeil.

Each week’s film presentation runs from 5-7 p.m. and includes a cash bar and some light snacks said McNeil. The event will be held in the museum’s lower level auditorium.