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William Hooker Artist in Residence performs in the RC

Saturday, September 26, 2015
12:00 AM
Keene Theater, East Quad

The UM School of Music Jazz Department is sponsoring this appearance by NYC percussionist/drummer William Hooker who will perform to Oscar Micheaux's silent film Within Our Gates (1920). Micheaux is considered the first major African American film director and producer. Mr. Hooker will also meet with RC Faculty Mark Kirschenmann's  improv. ensemble on Thursday evening the Sept. 24th, and will meet with students from DAAS on Friday afternoon, Sept. 25, at 2:00.

    About the film - Within Our Gates  -  1920 Black and white/Indie film 1h 19m.

   In this early silent film from pioneering director Oscar Micheaux, kindly Sylvia Landry (Flo Clements) takes a fundraising trip to Boston in hopes of collecting $5,000 to keep a Southern school for impoverished black children open to the public. She then meets the warmhearted Dr. Vivian (William Smith), who falls in love with Sylvia and travels with her back to the South. There, Dr. Vivian learns about Sylvia's shocking, tragic past and realizes that racism has changed her life forever.

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