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#Docuhistory: I Am Not Your Negro


Jul 16 2020


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Watch Party, Twitter Conversation & Zoom Discussion

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

#Docuhistory with Duchess Harris, Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, Neil Roberts & Christopher Curmi-Hall

Join us Thursday, July 16, 2020, for a watch party, Twitter conversation, and public Zoom discussion about the award-winning documentary film, I Am Not Your Negro (2016). Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into Black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions Black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. Read More

At 4 pm EDT, we'll all stream the documentary on Netflix (more ways to watch). While streaming, we invite you to browse and join the discussion on Twitter by searching the #docuhistory hashtag or by checking in with discussion moderators Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall (@DrSepinwall) and Joe Schmidt (@HSGlobalHistory). After the screening, at 6 pm, we'll convene on Zoom for a conversation with Duchess Harris, Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, and Neil Roberts, moderated by Christopher Curmi-Hall. Free and open to the public. Registration required.

The #docuhistory series aims to create an informal space where teachers, students, and historians can join together to watch a documentary and discuss teaching and learning about the film's subject matter. The series is organized by Joe Schmidt, New York City Department of Education, in collaboration with the Forum for Scholars and Publics.



Resource List

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro (2016) | Watch on Netflix | More ways to watch

Who Is Raoul Peck? (And Why You Should Know If You Care About History)

By Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall | History News Network

Raoul Peck’s film I Am Not Your Negro, which opened nationally in limited release on February 3, has been hailed by critics as one of the best films of the year. The film laces together different writings by James Baldwin, along with Hollywood film clips and news footage, to offer a devastating indictment of U.S. history.

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History is Too Important to Leave to Hollywood: Colonialism, Genocide, and Memory in the Films of Raoul Peck

By Alyssa Sepinwall | Excerpted from Raoul Peck: Power, Politics, and the Cinematic Imagination

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The History That James Baldwin Wanted America to See

By Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. | The New Yorker

For Baldwin, the past had always been bent in service of a lie. Could a true story be told?

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James Baldwin Digital Resource Guide

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Explore a curated selection of digital resources from the online exhibition Chez Baldwin to discover more about the life and legacy of James Baldwin.

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Classroom Resources: James Baldwin

PBS Learning Media

The American Masters collection of James Baldwin materials on PBS Learning Media provides curated, free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for educators.

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James Baldwin: Art, Sexuality, and Civil Rights

Teaching Tolerance

This lesson is part of The Role of Gay Men and Lesbians in the Civil Rights Movement series. For grade levels 9-12.

View the Lesson

WNET: James Baldwin

Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators

Learn about James Baldwin, the man, writer, culture critic, and activist, in this video from First Person. In the accompanying activities, students use archival footage, speeches, and passages from his most famous works to learn about the intersectionality that defined and influenced Baldwin’s career.


Profile: James Baldwin

Zinn Education Project

A brief biography of James Baldwin, writer and social critic.

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Duchess Harris

Duchess Harris was mentored by Dr. Mary Frances Berry at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in American History. In 1990, she was elected student body President, which made her the first Black woman to serve in this role at an Ivy League institution. She earned a Ph.D.…...

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Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall (Ph.D. History, Stanford) is a Professor of History at California State University - San Marcos and past winner of the university’s Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award. She specializes in Haitian and French history; her recent research has focused on how history is depicted in film. Her scholarship includes…...

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Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts is Professor of Africana studies, political theory, and the philosophy of religion at Williams College. Roberts received a B.A. in Afro-American Studies and Law & Public Policy from Brown University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago with a specialization in political…...

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Christopher Curmi-Hall

Christopher Curmi-Hall is a former research and humanities teacher and current curriculum specialist for Civics for All in the New York City Department of Education. In the classroom, he worked with youth to do autoethnographic documentary and participatory action research. He now develops K-12 civics and social studies curricula for…...

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