Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr., in conjunction with actor Lamman Rucker and Urban Film Review, will host a film festival to celebrate Black History Month at Wolf Creek Library (3100 Enon Rd, Atlanta, GA 30349) and Metropolitan Library (1332 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310). Â The event will highlight the unsung stories of African Americans throughout history. Â The film festival will take place over two days with an Opening Reception on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm at Wolf Creek Library, and the film festival screenings will occur at both Wolf Creek and Metropolitan Libraries on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 12pm to 5pm.
â€śThere are several iconic figures that serve as the faces of the civil rights movement, but there are other African Americans who made significant contributions to the advancement of black people in the United States,â€ť said District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. â€śWe like to showcase these films of unsung black heroes to broaden our audienceâ€™s knowledge and understanding of American history.â€ť
The Opening Reception will include prize presentations to the winners of essay and film competitions and the screening of Take Me Home, a film produced by the American Heart Association featuring Atlanta native and former record executive Shanti Das. Â Following the screening, Ms. Das will conduct a question and answer session with those in attendance. Â Â Â
The films screened at each of the locations on Saturday will highlight the efforts of several prominent African Americans in the struggle for civil rights. Â Among the subjects of these films are the death of Emmitt Till, the life of Atlanta radio legend James â€śAlley Patâ€ť Patrick, Black men who fought in the Civil War, along with Â the â€śGreensboro Fourâ€ť and the â€śClinton 12â€ť, two groups of young people who fought for the integration of public facilities and schools. This event is free and refreshments will be served.
â€śI host this event every year and it is edutainment, that is education and entertainment for the entire family,â€ť added Commissioner Arrington. â€śSo bring your children and grandparents to hear these great stories.â€ť Â
Those seeking more information on this event can reach the office of District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. at www.fultoncommission5.com. Â The event can be shared on social media via the hashtag #BHFF.