Public invited to Mott to view historical documentary

FLINT — The Mott Community College Library, with support from college and community partners, will present a screening of Prince Among Slaves, a historical documentary about Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, an African Muslim prince who spent 40 years of his life enslaved in the American South before regaining his freedom.

The screening is set for March 27 from 12:45-2:15 p.m. in the Regional Technology Center (RTC) Auditorium on the Mott Community College main campus, located at 1401 E. Court St. in Flint.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested by March 22 to MCC Director of Library Services Kathy Irwin at 810-762-0415 or Space is limited.

Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, heir to the throne of one of the largest kingdoms in Africa. He was captured in 1788 and sold into slavery.

After 40 years of enslavement, he finally regained his freedom. Prince Among Slaves was conceived, designed, and executive produced by Unity Productions Foundation. It won the Best Documentary Award at the 2007 American Black Film Festival in Los Angeles and received a national broadcast on PBS, leading off the network’s Black History Month’s programming in February 2008.

Brian Harding, MCC Assistant Professor of History, will be on hand to introduce the documentary with a brief history of Islamic West Africa. He will also moderate a discussion following the viewing.

Prince Among Slaves is among the materials included in the MCC Library’s Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The MCC Library was selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

This program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world.

The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies and Islamic studies.

A project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is provided with major support by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

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