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Screening of The Secrets of Being Black Duluth Edition for CLA Change Team Film Series

Secrets of Being Black Duluth Edition
January 31, 2018

The CLA Change Team invites students, faculty, and staff to a screening and discussion of The Secrets of Being Black Duluth Edition on Wednesday, February 21 at 5:30 in Montague 80.

A locally produced film that examines the views, experiences and perspectives of Blacks living in Duluth, Minnesota, today.

The CLA Change Team invites the UMD community to attend a screening of The Secrets of Being Black Duluth Edition, a locally produced film that examines the views, experiences and perspectives of Blacks living in Duluth, Minnesota, today. The film contains reflections by the African Heritage Community on Black culture, housing issues, inequities, education, relationships, mental health, religion and representation in Duluth. This film was created by Classie Dudley and Malcolm Fields, two young filmmakers from Duluth.

Classie Dudley is a Duluth MN native, although she has lived in many other states.  She was a part of the last graduating class of Duluth Central High School and went to Hamline University to continue her studies. Serving and enriching people has been a passion of Classie’s instilled by her father, who grew up in Anniston, Alabama during the Jim Crow era. Her mentors Julian Bond and Michael Curry have helped her cultivate her knowledge and skills in working for social rights. Recently Classie has been working with the Small Business Association in implementing business plans, focusing on long range planning, financial assets, and maintaining or obtaining the correct licenses and permits required for the needs of each business. On her days off Classie spends time with her 5 furbabies and is in progress to obtain her pilot's license.

A discussion with a panel, including the two producers, will follow the screening of the film, to be held on Wednesday, February 21 at 5:30 in Montague 80. Pizza will be provided before the screening.

This event is the third installment of a film series sponsored by CLA during the 2017-18 academic year. It is a vital part of their efforts to promote practices of "inclusivity, equity, and respect" within their collegiate unit, and as part of a larger, campus-wide effort to work toward Campus Climate Goal #2: "Create a positive and inclusive campus climate for all by advancing equity, diversity and social justice."