African American Film Festival planned for February

The Boyle County Public Library in Danville is hosting an African American Film Festival each Saturday in February. The movies celebrate the achievement and recognize the struggles the African American Community has gone through in the history of the United States. The festival is hosted by the Danville-Boyle County African American Historical Society.
Films in this series will include:

  • Feb. 3: Summer of Soul — Documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African-American music and culture and promoted Black pride and unity. (Rated PG-13; 1hr 58m)
  • Feb. 10: Selma — A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. (Rated PG-13; 2h 8m)
  • Feb. 17: Glory — Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates. (Rated R; 2h 2m)
  • Feb. 24: Loving — The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision. (Rated PG-13; 2h 3m)

All four movies begin at 3 p.m.
Along with the film festival, the African American Historical Society will also have an exhibit at the library throughout February featuring historical posters depicting African American history of Danville. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Saturday, Feb. 3 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the library.