BY BTL STAFF
Award-winning documentary filmmaker and scholar, Yoruba Richen, will be speaking in Ann Arbor as part of an event co-sponsored by the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA). Richen’s speech, “The New Black: The Intersection of Race, LGBT Rights and the Fight for Equality,” will draw elements from her latest project, “The New Black,” a film that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The speech will help the community engage matters of race, sexuality, gender and marginalization, particularly in light of recent tragic events, like those in Ferguson, Missouri and New York, that continue to shape the lives of all people.
The LSA Campus Climate Committee hopes that these events, in conjunction with Richen’s speech, provoke much-needed conversation about the school’s campus climate and how students can work together to make the campus more welcoming for all.
Richen’s speech will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor.