Experience Black History Month in Bay City with two free movies at the State Theater


BAY CITY, MI — The Bay City NAACP branch invites the public to experience black history through the power of film with a special matinee.

On Saturday, February 19, the NAACP will present two landmark films for Black History Month at the State Theater at 913 Washington Avenue. The film “Red Tails” airs at 2 p.m. and “Marshall” airs at 5 p.m. Both films are rated PG-13.

“The goal is to bring together people from all walks of life and walks of life, young and old, to educate us all about American history and the struggles of African Americans through film. We hope you will come join us said Ali Smith, NAACP committee chairman and event organizer.

marshal tells the story of one Thurgood Marshall, a lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court justice, according to IMDb. During this time, red tails is the story of African-American pilots in the Tuskegee training program during the World War II era, according to IMDb.

“I think we will all learn something from the two films that capture two great American icons of the civil rights and freedom movements Thurgood Marshall and the legendary Tuskegee Airmen,” said Darold Newton, president of the Bay City NAACP branch.

Admission to see the films is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item, which will then be donated to food pantries in the area. Places are limited and masks are mandatory. Free popcorn and sodas will be provided by the Bay Area Community Foundation.

“Our organization came up with the idea that you can learn a lot about history through film and be enlightened and entertained while doing it,” Newton said. “So we encourage parents to bring their children. We also invite the entire community to come and share in this wonderful free event and experience seeing pivotal moments in Black history and American history on the big screen. Appropriate ranking of course.

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