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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 7, 2008

(Mahwah) – Ramapo College of New Jersey will sponsor an Africana Film Festival Wednesday, February 27 through Thursday, March 6 at various times and campus venues.  The opening event features an introduction by Paul Robeson, Jr., who will speak about his father’s life in conjunction with a screening of Paul Robeson: Tribute to An Artist, a film by Saul J. Turell (1979)Wednesday, February 27 at 4 p.m. in the Sharp Theater.  Concert artist, Shakespearean actor, All-American athlete, scholar, civil rights champion — Paul Robeson overcame tremendous obstacles to become a true 20th-century Renaissance man.  Admission is free.

The theme of the festival is The Legacy Continues.  This series of films, filmmakers and speakers focuses on the many faces of Black film.  Screenwriter Richard Wesley will be the guest speaker at the screening of his film, Uptown Saturday Night Thursday, February 28 at 3:45 p.m. in the Sharp Theater.  Admission is free.
On Thursday, March 6 at 3:45 in the Sharp Theater, there will be a screening of Spike Lee’s film, Four Little Girls.  Gwen Moten will be the guest speaker.  Admission is free.

Visit for an online listing of screenings and discussions.  The series is made possible through a Schomburg grant, and through funding by the Ramapo College Women’s Center, the African Ancestry Month Committee and the Berrie Center.

The Sharp Theater is located at the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus.  For more information call 201.684.7844.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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