Please join members of Westminster’s Racial Justice Vigil Team and First Presbyterian’s Anti-Racism Task Force for a film and conversation about the history and ongoing impact of racial oppression in America.
Westminster’s Racial Justice Vigil has taken place every Tuesday (with some cold weather intermissions) since September 2020. We have often been joined by local activist Shirey Archie on his lunch break from his job. Archie’s encouragement has helped us sustain our vigil for the past two and a half years. Through him, we learned about “Whitewashed: The Racism Project” which he co-created with director Michael Kennedy and a group of local actors.
As part of our ongoing effort to deepen our understanding of systemic racism, the Racial Justice Vigil team is hosting a viewing of the film version of Whitewashed. Afterwards, we’ll talk about the film and the issues it raises with Archie and director Michael Kennedy. Please join us!
More about Whitewashed: The Racism Project: Following a year of collaborative writing and rehearsing by a cast of local Black actors and activists, Whitewashed premiered as a stage production in September 2019 and performed locally to sold out houses until live performances were halted due to COVID-19. This production confronts white fragility and internalized racism by presenting the history and present day experiences of being Black in America. See the trailer here. The film lasts approximately 75 minutes.
Where: Fellowship Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Albany. Please enter at 85 Chestnut Street. Venue parking is limited but street parking is also available.
This event is co-sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Albany.
Cost: Free of charge and open to the community. Donations in support of the work of Creative Action Unlimited will be gratefully received. Learn more about Creative Action Unlimited.
What people are saying:
- “A game changer for our area”
- “An honor to witness”
- “Intense, powerful, and important”
This film features Shirey Archie, Danielle Colin, Diaka Kaba Hill, Zoe Lewis, Aaron Moore, and Siobhan Shea. Director: Michael Kennedy. Director of Photography: Jamel Mosely.
Join us as we share in this watching this film and join in conversation. Invite a few friends too.
Masking policy is as follows:
- COVID community level = High: masks are required
- COVID community level = Medium: Masks are optional. People may decide to mask at their individual discretion or comfort level.
- COVID community level = Low: Masks are optional. People may decide to mask at their individual discretion or comfort level.
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