Media Advisory for Sat, May 31 - Final Community Cinema Film Screening

May 30, 2014

Media Advisory

For Tomorrow -- Saturday, May 31, 2:30pm

Contact: Deborah Tudor, Associate Dean, SIU College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, (618) 453-4308,

Final Community Cinema Film Screening is Tomorrow

Film To Address Marriage Equality in African American Community

Carbondale, Ill. -- Reporters, camera crews, and photographers are invited to cover a free public screening and discussion of the Independent Lens film The New Black on Saturday, May 31 at 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library, 405 West Main.

This is the final film of the 2013-14 season of Community Cinema, a series of free public screenings and discussion of films presented by the SIU Carbondale College of Mass Communication and Media Arts (MCMA), WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of SIU Carbondale, and the Carbondale Public Library.

The New Black explores how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights. The film shares both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage in Maryland, where the battle for the hearts and minds of black voters is fought from the pulpit. Through the stories of activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the debate, the film charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

Derrick Williams, Assistant Director of SIU Carbondale's Center for Inclusive Excellence, will lead a discussion after the film.

The SIU College of Mass Communications and Media Arts, WSIU Public Broadcasting, and the Carbondale Public Library plan to host another season of Community Cinema beginning in the fall. Details will be released as they become available.

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