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Tue, Feb 13

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JCC Chicago Community Days

Black Movie History in Chicago: Cinematic Milestones and Sacred Grounds

Explore Black film history in Chicago through select movies and sites that connect them

Black Movie History in Chicago: Cinematic Milestones and Sacred Grounds
Black Movie History in Chicago: Cinematic Milestones and Sacred Grounds

Time and Location

Feb 13, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST

JCC Chicago Community Days

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The first half of this virtual tour considers Something Good—Negro Kiss, a silent film that depicts, what is believed to be, the first onscreen kiss by an African American couple. The movie has deep roots in a nineteeth-century Chicago studio, the remnants of which you'll get to visit via HD video.

Chicago's cinematic legacy extends beyond the studio, of course.

You'll also learn about Burr Oak Cemetery and its significance to Black history here in Chicago and beyond. And again, through HD video, you'll get to explore the cemetery's hallowed grounds, as you hear about the groundbreaking films Cooley High (1975) and Boyz n the Hood (1991).

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