DuSable kicks off series on race and the media

Staff Writer

The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will host a panel of acclaimed Black filmmakers and musicians on Friday, March 11, for a discussion on race and the entertainment business.

The event is titled “Hollywood Comes to the Du.” It will be moderated by CBS reporter, Dorothy Tucker, who is also the vice president of the National Association of Black Journalists.

The DuSable series is especially relevant as it comes on the heels of a 2016 Oscars ceremony that was noticeably lacking in diversity.

DuSable spokesman Raymond Ward said that the March 11 panel will mark only the beginning of a sustained dialogue on the issue.

“This discussion is the first in a series of events which will address the subject of how African Americans are portrayed in the Media, the representation of African Americans in all facets of the entertainment industry and the effects of the under-representation of African Americans in the corporate levels of journalism, film and television, and the music and theatre industries,” Ward said.

The panel will be comprised of Richard Roundtree, Dawnn Lewis, Najee, D. Channsin Berry, Rodney Barnes and Margaret Avery. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a period for audience questions.

Admission to the event is $25 per person and advance reservations are required.

For more information, visit www.dusablemuseum.org.