Thursday October 8, 2015: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
This event is intended for adults and teens in grades 9 and up.
"Finding the Gold Within" follows six Black men from Akron, Ohio, through their first years of college. Despite their high levels of confidence and critical thinking, the stark reality of being away from their families and communities brings a series of crises. A sister dies in a car accident, a home gets broken into, a brush with the law, racial jokes, and provocations never seem to end. “Finding the Gold Within" probes what it means to be young, Black, male, and ‘other.’ The project comes with a rare kind of intimate access — an unusual opportunity. It initiated in the filmmaker a clear, strong vision: young black men who have been prepared and are ready to navigate the world in self-affirming and stereotype-defying ways. It seems the right time to look deeper, to give voice to those marginalized; we all know the abysmal statistics. So let’s start listening to their stories.
A screening of the 93-minute film will be followed by a discussion led by the U-M Community Scholars Program, cosponsors of this event. "Finding the Gold Within" is Unrated.
Cosponsored by the U-M Community Scholars Program.