I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary directed by Raoul Pec based on James Baldwin’s incomplete and unpublished 1979 work, Remember This House which was to be a personal account of the lives and assignations of three of his very close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin only completed 30 pages of his manuscript before his death in 1987. Peck, continued Baldwin’s work in this documentary.
The documentary captured America’s ongoing racial dilemma, both of the past and even into the present day with personal experiences and even a few reminders through graphic videos and photos.
Attendees also discussed and questioned, more importantly, how we, as followers of Christ, speak with a voice that not only articulates the challenges but will inspire change in our increasingly divided nation?
Dr. Price provided an intimate, safe and healthy space that allowed students to speak openly and honestly about their thoughts and personal experiences regarding the topic.
This was an important conversation with action steps about race, class and gender with a focus on how the church, institutions, organizations and people can lead moving forward. Much work is still ahead, but a small step has been taken.