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Colby will celebrate Black History Month with a month-long film festival series—”The Politics of Black Manhood in the Films of Denzel Washington,” and a lecture, “The Eclipse of a Black Public,” by Bowdoin Professor Eddie Glaude on February 27. All events are open to the public free of charge. Black History Month grew out of “Negro History Week,” begun in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson and tied to the birthday of Frederick Douglass.

Events at Colby celebrating black history include:

Mon., Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Crimson Tide
1995 film set on a U.S. nuclear missile submarine.
Presenter: Margaret McFadden, professor of American studies.
Room 215, Lovejoy building (207-872-3133)

Tues., Feb. 27, at 4:15 p.m.
“The Eclipse of a Black Public”
Eddie Glaude, Bowdoin College associate professor of religion, will present the nature of contemporary African-American politics. Glaude is the author of Exodus: Religion, Race, and Nation in Early Nineteenth-Century Black America, and editor of Is It Nation Time? Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Nationalism.
Reception to follow.
Room 100, Lovejoy building (207-872-3133)

Mon., Mar. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
The Hurricane
1999 film about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder.
Presenter: Robert Weisbrot, professor of history.
Room 215, Lovejoy building (207-872-3133)

Mon., Mar. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
1989 film about the Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company.
Presenter: Elizabeth Leonard, professor of history.
Room 215, Lovejoy building (207-872-3133)