Centenary, YWCA, and UMC to sponsor Black History Month film night February 17

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary’s Diversity Committee is partnering with the YWCA of Northwest Louisiana and the United Methodist Church to present the film Emanuel as part of the College’s programming during Black History Month in February. The public is invited to a free film screening and discussion on Monday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Whited Room in Bynum Commons. Passport Points will be available for Centenary students who attend.

Emanuel: The Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting, is a new documentary directed by Brian Ivie that features interviews with family members of the nine African-Americans killed by a white supremacist gunman at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015, as well as survivors of the horrific event. The film examines race relations in Charleston and the history and significance of Mother Emanuel while grappling with concepts of justice, faith, love, hate, and forgiveness.

“As part of Black History Month, the Diversity Committee seeks to honor the lives and legacy of the ‘Emanuel Nine,’” says Kaylan Walker, director of community engagement at Centenary. “The documentary offers an in-depth look at America’s struggle with racial hatred, but also shares a story of racial reconciliation and forgiveness.”

For more information about the film and discussion, contact Kaylan Walker at kwalker@centenary.edu.