The Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor will hold a two-part screening of "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise," a four-hour PBS program hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and Jan. 27. The production examines the last five decades of African-American history. Eyewitness accounts, scholarly analysis, and rare archival footage illuminate the recent past and the persistent challenges of those years.
The film begins with the Selma marches that led to the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and covers urban riots, the Black Panthers, and the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., among other events and issues. The second hour covers not only the many advances of the 1970s and 1980s, leading up to the presidential campaign of Jesse Jackson, but also the concurrent white backlash.
The third hour focuses on the increasing visibility of African-Americans in public life, among them Oprah Winfrey and Bob Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, along with the crack cocaine epidemic, Rodney King, and O.J. Simpson. The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina opens the final hour, which also chronicles Barack Obama's campaign and election, the persistence of police brutality, and the disproportionate incarceration of African-American men.
Admission to each screening is $5, free for members. The historical society has requested R.S.V.P.s to 631-725-4711.