“Hate Crimes in the Heartland” looks at American hate crimes in a small window of time. The NYC premiere is set for Tuesday, February 4, 6-8:30pm, City College Center for the Arts aka Aaron Davis Hall, West 135th Street & Convent Avenue, Harlem. What was it like before Tulsa’s “Negro Wall Street,” one of the nations most prosperous all-black, self-sustaining communities? It did not pop out of nowhere. We had this prosperous Black community that was blown up and burned out of existence. Why? I think we all know why. The incident is historically known as the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921. Filmmaker Rachel Lyon aligns this tragedy with Tulsa’s more recent “Good Friday murders of 2012” and other hate crimes.
“The message you take in depends on your awareness and understanding about race in America. But one thing that is clear is that the nation needs to come together regarding race,” said Pi-Isis Ankhra, co-producer.
To provide layered textures of engagement, a dialogue will happen after the film. Guest panelists set to speak are: Dr. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy, Assistant Professor, Sociology, City College of New York; Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, founder/president, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute; Rachel Lyon, writer, director, producer, Hate Crimes in the Heartland; Michaela Angela Davis, writer, image activist, CNN contributor; and Veronica Agard, Colin Powell Center for Civic and Global Leadership, student activist.
This program is sponsored by City College for the Arts in partnership with: Coming to the Table, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Harlem Arts Alliance, Colin Powell Center for Civic and Global Leadership, and CUNY Black Male Initiative.