WSU Vancouver to screen documentary on Chicago’s Black Arts Movement

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver will screen the documentary film “BAM! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement” at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 10 in Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. The screening is free and open to the public.

Drawing on extensive interviews, the film looks back on the history of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and reflects on the artists and institutions that have extended its impact since then. “Black Chicago is the epicenter of our diaspora because the roots are deep and they stay,” said one interviewee, Carol Adams, former CEO of the DuSable Museum.

A Q&A with the film’s directors, Thabiti Lewis and Pavithra Narayanan, will follow the screening. Lewis is serving as the interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Narayanan is serving as interim co-academic director for the College of Arts and Sciences.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $4 per day.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.

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