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Rockford University’s Howard Colman Library is co-hosting a screening of the film Black Rockfordians: Their Journey Through the Forest City with the Northern Illinois Southern Illinois Chapter of Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Lion’s Den on the Rockford University campus, 5050 E. State St.
The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion. The panelists will include local community members Estelle Black, Michael Williams, Elridge Skip Gilbert, Lloyd Hawks, Katherine Robinson, Richard Meeks, Fayrene Muhammad and Joyce Higgins.
The film was made to accompany the book of oral histories. The film is narrated by Rockford native Michelle Williams (formerly of Destiny’s Child). It covers the history of African-Americans in Rockford, starting with Lewis Lemon. The historical overview includes social life, business, churches, newspapers, government and politics.
For questions about the screening and panel discussion, contact Rachael Altman, assistant professor and reference and instructional librarian, (815) 226-4165.
Posted Feb. 12, 2014