Award-winning film 'The New Black' to be screened at Penn State Law

The Black Law Students Association will screen the award-winning documentary "The New Black," which tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar — the black church.

The screening will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 19, in Room 112 of the Lewis Katz Building, University Park, with simulcast to Room 114 Lewis Katz Hall in Carlisle. The event is free and open to the public.

After the film, there will be panel discussion comparing the gay rights movement with the modern civil rights movement. The panel will feature:

-- Carla Pratt, Nancy J. LaMont Faculty Scholar, professor of law, and associate dean for academic affairs, Penn State's Dickinson School of Law.

-- Victor Romero, Maureen B. Cavanaugh Distinguished Faculty Scholar and professor of law, Penn State's Dickinson School of Law.

-- Bekah Saidman-Krauss, assistant dean for admissions and financial aid, Penn State's Dickinson School of Law.

-- Moya Bailey, post-doctoral scholar in African-American studies, Penn State's Africana Research Center.

-- AnneMarie Mingo, post-doctoral scholar in African-American studies, Penn State's Africana Research Center.

-- Allison Subasic, director, Penn State's LGBTA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allyStudent Resource Center

"This film is on the cutting edge of a very topical issue in both the African-American and LGBTA communities," said Dwayne Wright, a second-year law student and president of the Black Law Students Association. "We'll view the film and our panel will use it as a springboard to compare and contrast the gay rights and the civil rights movements."

 

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Last Updated November 12, 2013