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The joint commemoration of the Black History Month between United States Embassy and the University of Botswana kicks off with the launch of a weeklong Film Festival at the University of Botswana Library.

The Black History Month is celebrated every February to reflect on Afro American’s history and to celebrate black’s contribution to the political, social, economic and other fields in the world.

The film launch will be conducted by US Ambassador Steven Nolan and the University of Botswana Deputy Chancellor for Academic Affairs Professor Frank Young.

Some of the films to be show at this year’s  film festival s are  “America Beyond The Color Line” which looks at the experiences of the Afro- Africans’ experiences with the color problem more than 30 years after the assassination of the celebrated civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King.

“A Raisin In The Sun” is another film which be screened and it portrays the lives of  people whose dreams and hopes are constantly deferred. Its tells the story of a family living and struggling on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s while  “The March” documents the August  31 1963 march on Washington DC in which hundreds of thousands gathered at the Mall near the  Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Meanwhile as part of the commemoration there will be panel discussions led by University of Botswana English Lecturer Dr. Maude Dikobe after the screening of each film. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the screenings and contribute to the discussion which will focus on a just shown film.

In another development the American embassy will screen the films in government secondary schools around the country to help students appreciate and celebrate Black History.