EventsBlack Joy and Achievement in Cinema

Black Joy and Achievement in Cinema

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Central Library


We’re hosting a day of recent films highlighting exemplary Black joy and achievement. Celebrate cinematic work about Hip Hop, urban fashion, and hustle featuring some of the biggest names in music. A special film tribute to Nichelle Nichols (who famously played Lt. Uhura on Star Trek) details her quest to diversify NASA. Then Willy T. Ribbs, a professional race car driver who was the first Black qualifier in the history of the Indy 500, brings us to the finish line.

Drop by and join our in-person film screenings by taking a seat in the Montalbano Family Theatre on level 8 of the Central Library.

The series is possible thanks to Kanopy, a video streaming service for quality, thoughtful entertainment that is available to VPL patrons for free at



Fresh Dressed: The Evolution of Rap Fashion 2015

Rating: 16+

Runtime: 1 hr 22 mins

Woman in Motion 2019

Rating: PG

Runtime:1 hr 36 mins

Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story 2020 

Rating: 14+ 

Runtime: 1 hr 45 mins 


Please register. Registration is not required to attend, but it helps us anticipate attendance and send a reminder the day before the event, or any updates about this program.

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