I Am Not Your Negro – Community Discussion with Guest Larry Gossett

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7:00 PM, Thursday, February 18, 2021
Location: Online Event - Pacific Standard Time (click for map)

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 assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.  At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript.  Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. —Summary by Jwelch5742

Larry Gossett has been a lifelong Seattlelite. As a Vista volunteer in Harlem, he was politicized and radicalized. He founded the Black Student Union on the University of Washington campus and was instrumental in bringing about the UW’s Educational Opportunity Program minority recruitment program. He received the first-ever degree in African American Studies. In the late 60’s he was described as “one of Seattle’s best known young black radicals”.

A former member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he worked as a community organizer in Seattle. He was elected to the King County Council in 1993 and served until 2019 (6 terms). During that time he struggled for many years to have King County re-named to honor Martin Luther King.

Please watch “I Am Not Your Negro” on your own (available on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Kanopy). If you have a library card with the Seattle Public Library or King County Library System you can sign up with Kanopy and view this and other films for free.  See www.kanopy.com for details.

Then join our discussion on February 18th with our special guest, Larry Gosset, longtime activist and former King County councilmember.  Register here for the discussion.

This event has been organized by Meaningful Movies in Kirkland.

Special Guests: Larry Gossett, activist and former King County councilmember

Release Year: 2016

Running Time: 94 minutes

Director: Raoul Peck