Friday, July 13, 6:30 p.m. “Taking Israel: A Journey Of African American Students” free film screening. That’s My Face is a young adult film series. July’s film is “Taking Israel: A Journey of African American Students” (2016), directed by Vincent Singleton. From 1988-2002 over 150 African American students from Wilberforce University in Ohio went to Israel each summer to observe the political, social and educational environment. They worked at Kibbutz Ramat Menashe near Haifa, ran a youth summer camp in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon and spent time at the Jewish-Arab Center for Peace at Givat Haviva. This is their story and impact.
Saturday, July 14, 1 p.m. Smithsonian Presents: “Black Wings” free screening. For early aviators, conquering the forces of gravity was a daunting challenge. But black aviators had an additional challenge – conquering the forces of racism. Meet the men and women who took to the skies throughout the 20th century, proving to a segregated nation that skin color doesn’t determine skill level. From biplanes to commercial jets, and from barnstormers to war fighters, meet the path-breaking pilots who opened the skies for all– and contributed in countless ways to the development of aviation.