Media Advisory - WSIU Black Panthers Screening is Tomorrow, Feb 13

Feb 12, 2016

Media Advisory

For Saturday, February 13, 2016

Contact: Beth Spezia, WSIU Educational Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,

WSIU Film Screening & Discussion is Tomorrow, February 13

Film: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution -- Location: Carbondale Public Library, Sat, Feb 13 at 2:30pm

Carbondale, IL –  Reporters, photographers, and camera crews are invited to cover a free film screening and discussion of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, presented by WSIU Public Broadcasting, a service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and the Carbondale Public Library, in partnership with Indie Lens Pop-Up, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and the PBS series Independent Lens.

The event will be held tomorrow – Saturday, February 13 at 2:30pm – at the Carbondale Public Library.

Community activist Melvin “Pepper” Holder, Imam Abdul Haqq of the Islamic Center of Carbondale, and Dr. Pamela Smoot, Clinical Assistant Professor, SIU Africana Studies, will moderate an open conversation about race relations and social justice issues after the film.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and dozens of others, alongside a soul-power soundtrack of the music so integral to the Party's identity, the Stanley Nelson film offers an essential history lesson and a vibrant chronicle of a pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America.

For more information about the film, visit or You may also visit WSIU’s web page at

Questions about Indie Lens Pop-Up screenings should be directed to the Carbondale Public Library at (618) 457-0354 or WSIU at (618) 453-5595.

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