BlacKkKlansman Screening Preview

Macy Ott

 In the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the University has worked to bring informative and engaging lectures/events to campus. One of these, is the showing of the hit 2018 film, “BlacKkKlansman.”

At 7:00 on Wednesday night, January 23, in Carver 101, the Student Union Board, in cooperation with the Committee on Lectures, will present the film.

The film is the first of a two-part lecture series. Thursday night, the writer of the memoir, which became BlacKkKlansman, will deliver a lecture on what it was like as a black-american police officer in the 1970’s, and how his experiences led him to write BlacKkKlansman.

The movie offers a glimpse into the past, highlighting american race relations in the 1970’s during the Civil Rights Movement.

Ron Stallworth, becomes the first black detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department. He sets out to prove his worth as a new officer by infiltrating the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Along the way, he convinces his Jewish co-worker to undercover as a white supremacist. Together, the two team up to take down the extremist hate group.

The film was directed by Spike Lee, produced by Jordan Peele, and has gone on to be nominated for 4 Golden Globe Awards. The critically acclaimed film has been described as, “..a well crafted dramatization of real events and a cinematic sermon on racism,” by the New York Times.

Both the screening of the film and the lecture with Ron Stallworth promise to be thought-provoking and insightful, all the while paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.