Films to show Black history

Southside Projections, a nonprofit organization, is presenting a series of film screenings throughout Chicago’s South Side. Four of the organization’s screenings will take place at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., in conjunction with the “AfriCOBRA: Philosophy” exhibition at the Logan Center:

“Medium Cool” (Haskell Wexler, 1969, 101 min., 16mm print); Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m. Haskell Wexler’s directorial debut is set during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

“Black Panthers in Their Own Words”; Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. This program features short documentaries about and interviews with Black Panther members and supporters.

“Black Power Poets”; Friday, August 2 at 7 p.m. It was for the written word that the Black Arts Movement achieved its greatest amount of recognition, and these films explore the lives of two of the movement’s most talented poets.

“Black Veterans”; Filmmaker Peter Kuttner in person; Friday, August 9 at 7 p.m. As Black Vietnam veterans learned that their military service didn’t change the pervasive racism they encountered back home, they began to politicize and turn against the war.