The Story of Us with Kimberlé Crenshaw & Bryan Stevenson

February 24, 2021

February 24, 2021

5:00 PM To 6:30 PM

Online event: 7:00 pm CT/8:00 ET

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/under-the-blacklight-the-story-of-us-tickets-141441901535

Free

Event Description

Under the Blacklight series is thrilled to share with you “The Story of Us,” an event recorded for The Big Conversation at Sundance 2021.

Moderated by AAPF’s Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw, “The Story of Us” confronts the roots and implications of the narratives America tells about itself.

To facilitate this provocative conversation, AAPF and Sundance brought together some of the era’s brightest thinkers on race, history, and storytelling: Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy; Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer; Ruha Benjamin, professor and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code; and David Blight, professor and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.

In the weeks since the storming of the U.S.Capitol by a lie-emboldened mob of insurrectionists, many political leaders and mainstream pundits across the political spectrum have sought to displace white supremacy’s starring role in the crisis by clinging to whitewashed stories of America’s past. “The Story of Us” examines the history of Hollywood’s role in constructing our master narratives and the implications for the future of the storytelling industry. In a phrase, it is a conversation that tries to tell a fuller story of who we are.

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