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FSU Presents "Mama Flora's Family," First in Africana Film Series

The Frostburg State University African American Studies Program is sponsoring an Africana Film Series for spring 2002, beginning with "Mama Flora's Family" on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Lane University Center Atkinson Room, room 201.

The series will feature four contemporary films on Africana history and culture, with one scheduled per month through May.

Based on an epic story by "Roots" author Alex Haley, this star-powered miniseries is the sweeping chronicle of an African American family's unforgettable journey through the tragedies and triumphs of the 20th century. With a standout cast including Cicely Tyson ("Roots"), Della Reese ("Harlem Nights," "Touched by an Angel"), Mario Van Peebles (Sally Hemings: An American Scandal"), Blair Underwood ("Deep Impact") and Queen Latifah ("Out Loud"), Flora's story begins amid the racial strife and the exploitation of sharecropping of the American South in the early 1900s, continues to the North where the family is caught up in the struggles of the Great Depression, two devastating world wars and racial discrimination, then is carried through the promises and challenges of the Civil Rights and Black Panthers movements.

Through the story of Flora's family, it is the whole history of African Americans struggling for social justice and human rights, which is played out from post-slavery to the Civil Rights movement. Going beyond the relation between blacks and whites, the film also confronts the delicate issue of color and class within the African American community.

The titles and dates for the next three films will be announced later. All the sessions are free and open to the public. Each session will be followed by an open discussion.

For more information, please contact Jean-Marie Makang at (301) 687-3089.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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