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Black in Asheville Screening April 5

by The Urban News

UNC Asheville will host a screening of the documentary with filmmaker Todd Gragg on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 from 6-8 p.m.

Black In Asheville is a documentary that brings together Asheville residents and historians to recount Asheville’s Black history. A story that has to be preserved for generations yet to come.

This film takes us back to the Antebellum Period and demonstrates in accurate fashion what life was like for slaves in Asheville. Further the film will explore the deplorable conditions of slaves during the Civil War and their transition to the Postbellum Period of Reconstruction, Jim Crow and Black Code Laws.

As slaves transitioned to freedmen after the Civil War, they continued to live a segregated existence filled with the violent threats designed to control free people assuring that they were kept controlled. This film shows how the establishment of churches and schools was vital to the progression of Black life.

It is important to tell these stories that history intentionally omitted, so that future generations are made aware of the many important contributions. This film raises the question, ‘How much better off are Blacks today in a supposedly non-segregated Asheville and seeks to define where do we go from here?’

This event is open to the entire campus community of students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public. Popcorn, sweets, and beverages will be served.

The screening will begin at 6 p.m. in the Mullen & James Humanities Hall on the campus of UNC Asheville, followed by a Talkback with the Filmmaker, Todd Gragg.

Visit blackinasheville.com for more information about the film.


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