Black History Month is observed in February to acknowledge and educate about the contributions of African Americans. According to the NAACP website, historic accounts related to the civil war era, the civil rights movement of 1955-1968, mainstream technological advances and inventions that have had positive impact on the economy of a nation are often considered.
The Lyon County Law Library (LCLL) and Emporia Public Library (EPL) will hold a viewing and discussion of the movie “Amistad” as part of Black History Month obersations.
Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Morgan Freeman, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey and Anthony Hopkins, the movie is based on the true story of a mutiny in 1839 by newly captured African slaves that took place aboard the ship “La Amistad” off the coast of Cuba, the subsequent voyage to the Northeastern United States and the legal battle that followed their capture by a United States revenue cutter. The U.S. Supreme Court case raised critical issues of law and justice and was seen as being highly influential on the abolition of slavery in the U.S.
More information is at www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov.