Celebrate 2017 Black History Month: James Baldwin and I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin, Black American author and civil rights activist

"I Am Not Your Negro" is a documentary film by Raoul Peck, based on the unfinished manuscript "Remember This House" by Black American author and civil rights activist  James Baldwin. At the time of James Baldwin's death in 1987, he had completed thirty pages of the manuscript. 

Released in 2016 with rave reviews and success, "I Am not Your Negro" documentary,  narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, explores the life of Blacks in the United States and the history of racism they have endured.  With the documentary,  Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin could have finished, with a critical view on race in America, through the civil rights movement and the lives and assassinations of three of his friends: Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X. using only the writer's own words. 

 "I Am Not Your Negro"  traces the journey  of  black history from  the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.

The film premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, with  the People's Choice Award in the documentary category. Picked by Magnolia Pictures  for theatrical distribution, it has consistently ranked  among the top in popular reviews, including 

 Rotten Tomatoes and  Metacritic, making it the second highest-ranking movie of 2016. As of January 2017, I Am Not Your Negro has won 11 international awards. It will be released in national theaters on Friday Feb 3, 2017.

See I Am Not Your Negro Trailer here