Movie Club: I Am Not Your Negro 2/5

Friday, February 5, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Lake Oswego Public Library and the Lake Oswego Group, Respond to Racism, invite you to watch the Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin and Race in America and join an online discussion of the film. The documentary, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House.  The book was to be a revolutionary personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcom X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.  At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.  In this 2016 documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book Baldwin never finished.  The result is an examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a 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 Black Lives Matter movement.

The documentary is available for free streaming through Kanopy with your Lake Oswego Public Library card at  View the film at your convenience and then join Respond to Racism and the Library for a facilitated discussion.  Pre-registration is required for the discussion. Please watch the film prior to the discussion. We will not be screening the movie.

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