Susquehanna University To Screen “The New Black”
Published on April 1, 2014
Filmmaker Yoruba Richen will screen her documentary “The New Black” on April 8 at 7 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall. The screening, which will be followed by a Q&A with Richen, is free and open to the public. It is part of a series of campus events this spring addressing diversity, equality and social justice issues.
“The New Black” tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. According to the filmmaker, the film “documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s pillar—the black church—and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.”
The documentary recently won the award for Outstanding Independent Documentary by the Black Reel Awards and has been nominated for Outstanding Documentary by the GLAAD Media Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.
The screening is sponsored by Susquehanna’s Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ), which offers a welcoming climate to foster cultural growth and personal development for under-represented students, transition services for international students, and meaningful connections for all students who value diversity and social justice. The CDSJ offers events and programs, mentoring services, a fellowship for social justice studies and support for student-run affinity groups.