Film series features black history in the U.S.

— After slavery, resources weren’t available to black people, so they would turn either to a life of crime or remain in Negro Peonage. Many states in the south worked the system to their advantage and incarcerated once and kept incarcerating for a lifetime.

“So, what they’re doing in ‘Slavery By Another Name’ is redefining black people, still calling them niggers, but, basically, nigger means criminal,” Wiley said. “So, it’s an amazing thing to watch all of this is playing out.

Letting out a sigh, Wiley said, “My mind is blown by this crap. Blown.”

Lastly, “The Loving Story” will be played March 1 at the Plattsburgh Public Library at 1 p.m. with Robin Caudell, reporter from the Press Republican, and Portia Allie-Turco, professor of psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh as speakers. This film will show the marriage of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage.

Allie-Turco, originally from South Africa, will also be sharing her story on when her and her husband wed in an interracial marriage shortly after the end of the apartheid.

Those who would like to attend the other two films, should contact the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System at 518-563-5190, wever@cefls.org or ugr@frontier.com.

The North Country Underground Railroad Association plans to showcase two more films in the region, one in Keene Valley this fall and the other which will be announced.

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