The Spring Valley-based civic group Advocating for Change is continuing its annual Black History Month film festival on Saturday nights at the Spring Valley Commons.
“This is our 13th year and we will continue to travel the path of knowledge of who and what the African American Experience has done to impact the world,” she said
Following each film and session is a question and answer period. Dinner and snacks will be served at Spring Valley Commons Community Room, 14 Spring Valley Commons Road, from 7 to 9 pm.
The group offered its views of the remaining events:
—Feb. 15: “42:” Prime example of perseverance and courage. Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. “42” tells the story of two men – the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey – whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/42_2013/
Feb. 22: “We Matter in 2014:” Youth will present their talents and what they have learned from our weekly events??
Th group still needs sponsors. Visit www.afchange.org to make a donation or mail donations to Advocating For Change Inc. PO Box. 1510 Spring Valley New York 10977.
The previous movies were—Feb. 1st: “The Butler”: A look into the life of a black butler experiencing the radical changes in America.The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.
—Feb. 8: “The Help:” Great movie. Displays the courage to speak up and resist segregation.Three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed-even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.