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We are thrilled to announce the Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival & Forum, a first-of-its-kind film festival that aims to educate all about the importance of Quakers of Color who for too long have remained within the margins of the Society of Friends and the wider world. From 12 February 2022, during Black History Month, until Paul Robeson’s 124th birthday, 9 April 2022, we will screen a film centered on a Quaker of Color, with an introduction from a guest expert and a follow-up discussion facilitated by BQP Director Dr. Harold D. (Hal) Weaver. Screenings will take place every other Saturday on Zoom at 1pm ET.  

 

 

 

 

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The Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival is co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and co-presented with the DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst, the Coolidge Corner Theater, and the Goethe-Institut Boston.

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Those to be celebrated include: Mahala Ashley Dickerson, Howard Thurman, and Bayard Rustin, three African American Friends featured in Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights (2011) (edited by Harold D. Weaver Jr., Paul Kriese, and Stephen W. Angell). We will also be celebrating Quakers of Color International Archive (QCIA) Interviewee, South African political leader, anti-aprtheid activist, and newly appointed QUNO-Geneva Director Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge. The festival concludes by honoring prolific artist and human rights activist Paul Robeson and his two centuries of Quaker ancestors.

Our first screening will be a unique event, featuring a landmark dialogue between Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge and Palestinian Friend and AFSC General Secretary Joyce Ajlouny, the first two women of color to lead Quaker transnational organizations. The final screening on 9 April will also be presented at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston for a simultaneous online and in-person event. 

Our Guest Experts 

Joyce Ajlouney
Joyce Ajlouney

AFSC General Secretary & Palestinian Friend

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Dr. Stephen Angell
Dr. Stephen Angell

Earlham School of Religion

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Johnny Gibbons
Johnny Gibbons

Life-time law partner of Mahala Dickerson.

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Walter Nagle
Walter Nagle

Bayard Rustin’s partner and adopted son

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Dr. Sa’ed Atshan
Dr. Sa’ed Atshan

Swarthmore professor, currently writing a book on African American and Palestinian Quakers

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Joyce Mosley
Joyce Mosley

Researcher and descendent of the Bustill-Mapps-Douglass family

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Dr. Mark Solomon
Dr. Mark Solomon

Eminent historian.

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Dr. Harold D. Weaver
Dr. Harold D. Weaver

Robeson advocate-researcher for over 50 years

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Write to us at the theblackquakerproject@gmail.com with any questions about the Festival.

 

Peace and blessings,

Dr. Harold D. (Hal) Weaver

Director of The BlackQuaker Project