Slavery and Civil War Museum sponsors free movie marathon

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 6, 2006

The Selma Times-Journal

The Slavery and Civil War Museum is sponsoring a free movie marathon titled “From Freedom to Slavery to Freedom” throughout the month of February – Black History Month.

Starting at 5 p.m. today, the museum will show one film every Monday evening. Tonight’s screening is the Steven Spielberg film “Amistad,” starring Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins and Djimon Hounsou. “Amistad” explores the mutiny on board a 19th Century slave ship of the same name, traveling towards North America. “Courage,” “Home of the Brave,” and “Strength in Selma” round out the movie list.

Afriye We-kandodis of the Slavery and Civil War Museum said the films celebrate the journey of a people and provides Selma with much-needed entertainment.

“This is a great opportunity for families to come out together and learn black history as a family,” she said.

A weekly question and answer contest will take place to encourage attendees to closely analyze the films.

Door prizes will be given away, We-kandodis said.

On Feb. 27, the museum will end the marathon with a Black History Celebration.

Those who attend all four movie nights will have an opportunity to win up to $500 in prizes.

The museum encourages all to bring their own refreshments.

“We do hope everybody will come out and celebrate this great history,” We-kandodis said.