Tongues Untied and Accessing Archives with Steven Fullwood

Tongues Untied and Accessing Archives with Steven Fullwood

Thursday, April 22, 2021, Screening: 7:00 PM, Accessing Archives Presentation: 8:00 PM
Sliding scale fee: $5 - $20
Steven Fullwood

In Partnership with One Book, One Philadelphia and Philly Black Pride

7:00 PM - Tongues Untied (USA, 1989, 55 min) Directed by Marlon T. Riggs

“Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act, *snap!” 

Marlon Riggs’ (1957 – 1994) groundbreaking film, Tongues Untied, is a cornerstone within LGBTQ documentary cinema, its timeless articulation of the black gay male experience has inspired a generation of queer identified artists and filmmakers.Through poetry, personal testimony, rap, and performance, Riggs delivers a compelling portrait of the Black gay community and its vulnerabilities. Directly following the screening, Steven Fullwood, scholar and archivist, will present a special presentation on Black LGBTQ archives and their importance.

8:00 PM - Accessing Archives with Steven Fullwood
Accessing Archives is a series of presentations inviting renowned curators and archivists from a variety of national organizations to give in-depth perspectives on the field of archiving. We are excited to welcome Steven Fullwood, accomplished scholar, writer, and archivist. Formerly the assistant curator of the Manuscripts, Archives & Rare Books Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Fullwood founded the In the Life Archive to aid in the preservation of materials produced by and about LGBTQ people of African descent. Established in 1999, it is now the largest collection of black LGBT papers in America. His publications include Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call (2014), To Be Left with the Body (2008) and Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books (2007). In 2018, Fullwood co-founded the Nomadic Archivists Project, an initiative to establish, preserve, and enhance collections that explore the African Diasporic experience. Fullwood is currently at work on his first feature documentary, Black Toledo.

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