Documentary screening and discussion opportunity
Saturday, August 11
St. Philip’s, Columbus
1 to 4 p.m.

Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories, Part 1: The Categories Black and White is a feature documentary that explores how racial categories were created in the United States and their lasting consequences. The film follows sociologist Joan Ferrante’s efforts to find unique ways of mourning the biological, family, romantic, and other bonds severed by this legally imposed system. Ferrante issued a call to students majoring in the creative and performing arts at Northern Kentucky University to become part of a creative team dedicated to realizing her vision. The film, narrated by the students, gives special attention to the laws enacted between 17th century Virginia and the Jim Crow era that made these categories matter.

It features student choreography, music, sculpture, visual art, dramatic reenactments, poetry and spoken word pieces- all created with the aim of moving audiences to take notice and mourn how we were divided into categories we call races.

Ferrante describes the central thesis of this documentary as looking at “Racial categories were created without regard for family ties. We live in a country where biologically related people can be classified as different races.  As a nation we have not come to terms with the ways in which family and ancestral ties were severed to create categories called races.”

This workshop is sponsored by the Sacred Conversations Group, a collaboration of the Episcopal churches of St. Philip, Saint Mark’s, St. John’s Worthington, and First Unitarian Universalist of Columbus.

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Program Cost is $15.00; light refreshments provided. For more information, email us at St. Philip’s is located at 166 Woodland Ave. in Columbus.