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The Whole Staircase: Films Celebrating 400 Years of African American History & Culture

A Raisin in the SunA Raisin in the Sun (1961)

"Film of the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and of escape from grinding frustrations." - summary

Screenplay by Lorraine Hansberry

Run time: 128 minutes

This film is not rated. Common Sense Media deems it suitable for ages 13 and over.

Licensed through Swank

Screening Date and Location

March 11, 2019

The Library will present this film on March 11, the date the play made its Broadway debut in 1959.

Palatka Campus, Valhalla Hall at 10:00 a.m. and

Palatka Campus Library, L-219C at 5:00 p.m.

Orange Park, building D, room D-14 at 1:00 p.m.

July 25, 2019
Location: Palatka Campus Library
Time: 5:30 p.m. 
An informal discussion with members of The Turning Table's Race Issues Study Circle will be held after the film.

All are welcome to this free event! 

Resources for Further Exploration: A Raisin in the Sun

Online Resources

A Raisin in the Sun: Resistance and Joy

A Raisin Still in the Sun  

Books and eBooks at the SJR State Library

Celebration • Education • Reflection

H.R.1242/Public Law 115-102, the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, establishes 2019 as a year of "commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies, at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619."  The commemoration is intended “to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States; and to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States; and the contributions of African-Americans to the United States.” In recognition of this commemoration and with the Act serving as a guide, the SJR State Library has organized a year-long series of events that will provide educational experiences and resources to students and the community that celebrate the history and culture of African Americans.

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