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Africana Library Film Series: Movin’ On Up – The Music & Message of Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Description: Throughout the ’60s the Impressions helped provide a soundtrack for the civil rights movement with such classic songs as ‘People Get Ready’, ‘Meeting Over Yonder’, ‘Choice of Colors’ and ‘We’re a Winner.’ Later as a solo artist Curtis further defined an era with his ’70s masterpiece, Superfly. This two-hour documentary tells their incredible story through interviews with Impressions Fred Cash and Sam Gooden, Curtis’ wife Altheida Mayfield, producer/arranger Johnny Pate, Carlos Santana, Chuck D, civil rights leader Ambassador Andrew Young, and archival interviews with Curtis Mayfield, as well as 20 complete performances filmed between 1965 and 1973. This film celebrates the craft and the conscience of one of the 20th century’s great souls. (Length 130 minutes)

Facilitator: Eric Kofi Acree is currently Director of the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library at Cornell University. He is the African/African American subject specialist for Cornell University Library. He presently serves on the Boards of The History Center in Tompkins County and Cinemapolis. He attained his Masters of Library Studies degree from the University at Buffalo. While living in Buffalo he developed a fondness for Buffalo Wings and Beef on Weck sandwiches (a roast beef sandwich served on a salted kummelweck roll with au jus sauce and horseradish.) His hobbies include model trains and fishkeeping.


May 21
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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