Film Screening, “BAM! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement”

Join us for a free screening of the documentary film “BAM! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement.” The film is presented by WSU Vancouver Professors Thabiti Lewis and Pavithra Narayanan, directors of the documentary.

“Black Chicago is the epicenter of our diaspora because the roots are deep and they stay,” says Carol Adams, former CEO of the DuSable Museum, in the film “BAM! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement.”

The film, which draws on extensive interviews with Adams and many others, looks back at the history of Chicago’s Black Arts Movement (BAM) and reflects on the artists and institutions that have extended its impact in the decades since the BAM was at its height in the city. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow.

Free and open to all. For more information, contact Thabiti Lewis at

Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110

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