RSU Presents Black History Month Film Series Throughout February

CivilRightsPosterThe Rogers State University Department of Fine Arts will feature four films in February as part of its 3rd Annual Black History Month Film Series starting Monday, Feb. 4.

The film series will feature “Children of the Civil Rights” on Monday, Feb. 4;, “Black Panther” on Monday, Feb. 11, “BlacKKKlansman” on Monday, Feb. 18, and “Sorry to Bother You” on Monday, Feb. 25. Each film will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Will Rogers Auditorium on the Claremore campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Feb. 4 film is “Children of the Civil Rights” is a 59-minute documentary telling the story of how Oklahoma civil rights pioneer Clara Luper and a group of black children started a series of sit-ins at Oklahoma City restaurants. For six years starting in 1958, the actions of these young people helped peacefully desegregate most Oklahoma City restaurants prior to the Civil Rights act of 1964. This film is not rated.

The Feb. 11 film is “Black Panther,” the wildly popular superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The film tells the story of T’Challa who is the king of Wakanda, a secretive and highly advanced African nation. He also is known as the powerful warrior known as the Black Panther. This 2018 film has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Rated PG-13.

The Feb. 18 film is Spike Lee’s “BlacKKKlansman,” which is based on true story of the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. The detective seeks to make a name for himself by infiltrating and exposing the Ku Klux Klan. The 2018 film has been nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Rated R.

The Feb. 25 film is the satirical 2018 film “Sorry to Bother You” set in an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, California. A telemarketer finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory. As his career begins to take off, his friends and co-workers organize a protest against corporate oppression. calls the film “an adrenalin-shot of a comedy and a fearless dissection of identity politics, corporate malevolence.” Rated R.