Please join the Friends of the Finkelstein Memorial Library for this virtual event
Monday, Oct. 19, 2020; 1:30-3:00 pm (Join 10-15 minutes prior)
Please register by Oct. 16, 3:00 pm. Registration button is located at the bottom. Enter a valid email address in order to receive a link, meeting ID and password on Oct. 16 or within approx 24 hours prior to the start date to join the event. Recording is strictly prohibited.
Academy award-winning actor, director, author and, yes, diplomat was Hollywood’s first African American movie star. He was featured in more than 40 films, many of which made history by unflinchingly addressing race relations. This presentation will explore Poitier’s extraordinary life and career, including a discussion of several of his important and much-loved films. These include A Raisin in the Sun, Lilies of the Field and Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner.
Presented by Angelo Parra: Author of the acclaimed The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, which was named among the ”Top-Ten Off-Broadway Experiences” by the Daily News and was nominated for a 2012 Lucille Lortel Award and a 2018 Helen Hayes Award. Parra's honors include two NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowships – Scriptwriting and the 1998 Chican/Latino Literary Award (UC Irvine). In 2000 he was named a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the prestigious Sewanee Writers Conference. Parra is the Literary Manager at Penguin Repertory Theatre and a Performing Arts/English instructor at Rockland Community College.