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The Medgar Evers College Black History Month Opening Program, in partnership with the Center for Black Literature, will present a film and panel discussion on The Sun Rises in the East, directed by filmmakers Tayo Giwa and Cynthia Gordy Giwa.
The panel discussion will take place Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m. in the Edison O. Jackson Auditorium.
For more event info: https://www.mec.cuny.edu/event/black-history-month-opening-event-2023/
The Sun Rises in The East, an historical and cultural film, chronicles the birth, rise and legacy of The East, a pan-African cultural organization founded in 1969 by teens and young adults in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Led by educator and activist Jitu Weusi, The East embodied Black self-determination, building dozens of institutions, including its own African-centered school, food co-op, newsmagazine, publishing company, record label, restaurant, clothing shop and bookstore.
It hosted world-famous jazz musicians and poets at its highly sought-after performance venue, and it served as an epicenter for political contemporaries such as the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords and the Congress of Afrikan People, as well as comrades across Africa and the Caribbean.
Panelists for the discussion include: filmmakers Tayo Giwa and Cynthia Gordy Giwa, Adeyemi Bandele, and Malika Iman, featured speakers in the film. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Brenda M. Greene.