Black Girls in Film: Representations of African-American Girlhood in Film , 1963 to 2013. Queen Nzingha Lecture 9

Saturday  14 September 6.30pm to 9.00pm. This event will start at 6.30pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat

Admission free if booked via eventbritehttp://blackgirlsinfilm-eac2.eventbrite.co.uk/  . Donations accepted on the day

Queen Nzingha was an African Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Congo/Angola). The Queen Nzingha lecture series will feature African female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice on a monthly basis. The Nzinga lecture series will provide a regular platform for women of African descent to highlight important issues in  an academic setting. As a result of these lectures a  Black Women Women in Academia Support group has been set up

See  previous Queen Nzingha lectures here


Black Girls in Film : Representations of African-American Girlhood in Film, 1963 to 2013

On the 14th September from 2 to 5pm the BFI will screen Spike Lee's Four Little Girls  in honour of the 50th anniversary of this terrorist incident. www.bfi.org.uk 

From 6.30pm Dr Legal-Miller will give an illustrated talk on the representation of the Birmingham church bombing in 1963 and in subsequent years, and how it constructed a contested vision of African American girlhood.

Her talk will also include a brief overview of African American girls in cinema, alongside close readings of the highly critically acclaimed films Precious and Beasts of the Southern Wild, in which the young female protagonists  were both Oscar nominated.  These readings will be placed in the wider context of race, gender, class, celebrity culture and major historical and contemporary events such as the killings of Emmett Till in 1955 and Trayvon Martin.

Dr Althea Legal-Miller previously gave an Nzingha lecture on Sex, Violence and Civil Rights which can be seen here www.youtube.com/blackhistorywalks

About the Speaker: Althea Legal-Miller

Ph.D., American Studies, King’s College London, 2011

M.A., Contemporary Cinema Cultures, King’s College London, Distinction, 2006