Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival Event 4

The American Friends Service Committee & The BlackQuaker Project Present


Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Loved The Stars 

Saturday, 18 March, 1:00 PM EDT over Zoom

The 2023 Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival & Forum will soon return with its fourth event, honoring the life and legacy of Benjamin Banneker. On Saturday, 18 March, we will screen Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Loved The Stars (1981), a television film starring the renowned artist-activist Ossie Davis as the legendary astronomer, surveyor, mathematician, and almanac publisher. Born a free man of Senegalese descent, Banneker attended Quaker Meeting for much of his life, helped survey the boundaries of Washington, DC, and even petitioned Thomas Jefferson to recognize Black liberation efforts. After the film, we will have the unique opportunity to learn more about Benjamin Banneker’s life and legacy from his Black and White descendents: retired educator Gwen Marable, Northwestern University scholar-linguist Dr. Rachel Jamison Webster, and educator Pamela Williams. All three will be participating in our post-screening dialogue, followed by an audience Q & A.

Register here for our Saturday, 18 March, screening and forum. Programming will take place over Zoom webinar and begins precisely at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. We invite our registrants to join our webinar early, at 12:40 PM EDT, for a mini-concert of selected African American freedom music. Please write to us at with any questions or comments about the festival-forum.

Peace and Blessings,

Dr. Harold D. Weaver

Film Festival-Forum Director, Curator, and Host

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