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Talking Black in America film screening + panel discussion

Friday, February 23 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Straub Hall, Room 156
1451 Onyx Street, Eugene, OR 97403

Film screening of new documentary “Talking Black in America” + panel discussion with local scholars and Executive Producer Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of English Linguistics at North Carolina State University & Director of the Language and Life Project.

Film synopsis: "Talking Black in America" follows the unique linguistic circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on life and language across the nation. African American speech varieties reflect the imprint of West African language systems, the influences of regional British and Southern American dialects, and the creativity and resilience of people living through oppression, segregation and the fight for equality. Filmed across the United States, "Talking Black in America" is a startling revelation of language as legacy, identity and triumph over adversity. With Reverend Jeremiah Wright, DJ Nabs, Professor Griff, Quest M.C.O.D.Y., Dahlia the Poet, Nicky Sunshine and many others.

Friday, February 23, 5:00-7:00 pm. Straub Hall 156, University of Oregon campus. Welcome reception starting at 4:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.