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Panel Discussion with filmmakers Thabiti Lewis and Pavithra Narayanan on “BAM!: Chicago’s Black Arts Movement”

February 24, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Registrants to this event will be sent a link to watch the 2019 documentary BAM! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement (50 min) anytime from Feb. 18-24. The film examines the Chicago arts scene of the 1950s-1970s that still has a powerful influence on music and art. Filmmakers Thabiti Lewis and Pavithra Narayanan, who are faculty members of the WSU English Department, will be joined by celebrated Chicago poet, playwright, and novelist Angela Jackson, and distinguished poet, playwright, and youth worker Useni Eugene Perkins. Hosted by KBOO Community Radio. Register for the film viewing and panel discussion on Eventbrite.


February 24, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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WSU Common Reading Program
WSU Department of English