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Celebrate Black History Month 2024 with the BFCA!

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Black History Month 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana.

Theme: Meet us at the movies: a celebration of Black cinema.

Campus kickoff lecture: Blaxploitation Then and Now. Wednesday, January 31st at 6:00pm at the Black Film Center & Archive, 1320 East 10th Street, Room 044.

City kickoff event: Thursday, February 1st at 6:00pm at the Showers City Hall building, 401 North Morton Street.

Screening event: Will (1981), directed by Jessie Maple. Recognized as the earliest surviving independent feature film directed by a Black American woman. New 4K restoration screening and Q&A. Thursday, February 1st at 7:00pm at the IU Cinema, 1213 East 7th Street.

More events from Black History Month 2024:

Friday, February 2, 11:00am: African American Read-in, Neal-Marshall Grand Hall

Friday, February 2, 6:00pm: Black Lit Reading, Cook Center, IU Maxwell Hall

Wednesday, February 7, 12:00pm: Black in the Day: Lunch & Learn, Neal-Marshall Bridgewaters Lounge

Wednesday, February 7, 7:00pm: Karaoke Black Movie Soundtrack Edition, Neal-Marshall Grand Hall

Saturday, February 17, 10:00am to 2:00pm: Black Market, Showers City Hall.

Wednesday, February 21, 11:45am: African American Choral Ensemble Performance, School of Education Atrium

Wednesday, February 21, 6:30pm: Black Knowledge Bowl, Neal-Marshall Grand Hall

Saturday, February 24, 6:00pm: 20th Annual Black History Month Gala, Woolery Mill

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00pm: The Kick It: Black Cinema, Black Love, & Food, IMU State Room East

Thursday, February 29, 11:30am: Visiting lecturer Dr. Rebecca Wanzo, "New Black Genres," Phyllis Klotman Classroom at the BFCA, IU Wells Library Room 044B

Join the Black Film Center & Archive, the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, and the City of Bloomington in celebrating Black History Month 2024! Check out our promo video to see February 2024 events at the Center and throughout Bloomington, Indiana!

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