Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” is a documentary that brings to light the racial tensions that have existed in America since 1619, yet the film is also interspersed with glimpses into the life of American author James Baldwin, on whose 30-page unfinished manuscript the film is based.
The film details his relationships with civil-rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evans, as well as his thoughts on race. Baldwin profoundly stressed, “The thing we think of as the American racial problem is not the American racial problem. It’s a crisis of the American spirit, with race as the excuse. It’s the disease that we must heal, or it will destroy us.”
“I Am Not Your Negro” will be showing on Tuesday, April 17 at 3 p.m. in the Davis Conference Center, with a panel discussion to follow. This event is free and open to the public.