Professor Jeremy Sarachan was featured as a panelist in a post-film discussion of The Birth of a Nation: The Nat Turner Story at the Little Theatre on October 21. Helene Biandudi Hofer, host of WXXI’s Need to Know moderated, with panelists Terry Chaka, Executive Director of the Baobab Cultural Center; Dr. Signithia Fordham, of the University of Rochester’s Department of Anthropology; and the Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, in addition to Professor Sarachan
The discussion included remarks about the historical accuracy of the film,the movie’s religious symbolism,cinematography, the relevance of the title, and parallels with the #blacklivesmatter movement.
The event was sponsored by the Arts and Letters Commission of the Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.. The sorority was founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University by 22 collegiate women committed to constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community.