“Each technology has its hero. Meet ours.”
That’s the tagline for “Simply Mercy,” the 2019 movie that will probably be proven Saturday as a part of the Black Historical past Month celebration set for Saturday, Feb. 20, at Avalon Theatre, 645 Essential St.
Organized by Black Residents and Buddies, this celebration will shine a lightweight on each heroes and on a regular basis of us by means of video, artwork and essays.
Saturday’s celebration has two elements, mentioned David Combs with Black Residents and Buddies.
The primary is the Pupil Artwork Exhibit from 3–5 p.m. Saturday within the lobby areas of the Avalon. No ticket is required for admission to the exhibit, which can show the entries to the group’s Martin Luther King Jr. poster and essay contests.
This 12 months there have been 53 poster entries, which went far past the same old 5 or 6 entries of earlier years, Combs mentioned.
The essays from the competition additionally will probably be displayed, and the scholars who wrote them have been invited to be on the occasion to learn their work, he mentioned.
The theme for the 2021 contests was “If You See One thing, Say One thing.”
The Pupil Artwork Exhibit will embody some even newer paintings created throughout the Sip Soda and Paint occasion for center and highschool college students on Feb. 14.
Led by a neighborhood artist, the scholars created artwork primarily based on the poem “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” by Tupac Shakur.
Whereas there isn’t a restrict on the quantity of people that can attend the exhibit, there’s a 175-person capability for the celebration’s second occasion of the day.
This occasion, which can embody the displaying of “Simply Mercy,” will start at 6 p.m. Saturday on the Avalon. Doorways open at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets value $10 per individual and could be bought by means of avalontheatregj.com/events/just-mercy.
Earlier than the movie’s screening there will probably be a number of video vignettes proven which can be targeted on historic Black figures in Colorado historical past. These will go about quarter-hour after which there will probably be brief keynote speech from Kiana Peoples, an assistant professor of social work at Colorado Mesa College.
After which the movie “Simply Mercy” will probably be proven. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, the movie tells the story of legal professional Bryan Stevenson, who defended Walter McMillian, a Black man wrongly accused and sentenced to loss of life for homicide in 1987.
“It’s an actual highly effective film about false accusations,” Combs mentioned.
False accusations together with the occasions of 2020 have been why Black Residents and Buddies to determine to indicate “Simply Mercy,” which is predicated on a e book of the identical identify by Stevenson.
For details about Saturday’s occasions and Black Residents and Buddies, go to blackcitizensandfriends.com.