MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 1, 2014

Roxy to screen documentary series this week

Film to be shown in three parts on three consecutive nights

By Travis Sloat
Phoenix Staff Writer

— The Roxy Theater will show the movie series “Many Rivers to Cross” this week.

Cassandra Gaines, the theater’s manager, said the showing is open to everyone, and it’s free.

“People should come out and see it because it’s very informative and educational,” Gaines said. “When I say it’s educational, I mean it. It contains a lot of information on the culture of African-Americans and Native Americans.”

“Many Rivers to Cross” was written and presented by Henry Louis Gates Jr., a professor at Harvard University.

The six-hour series will be shown in three parts, each scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Curtis Calvin, the deputy director of education outreach for the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, will moderate a question-and-answer session after each part.

Admission is free, but seating is limited, so guests are asked to register by 5 p.m. Monday.

Gaines said she watched the entire series one Saturday.

“I learned so much just sitting back and watching it,” she said. “Not a lot of it is taught in classrooms today. In fact, I asked a lot of adults about the information in it, and they didn’t know it either.”

Gaines also said the film approaches history from a pragmatic standpoint.

“There’s no hatred in the film,” she said. “There are African-Americans talking about it and whites talking about it.”

Reach Travis Sloat at (918) 684-2908 or tsloat@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Screening of “Many Rivers to Cross” with moderator Calvin Curtis.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

WHERE: The Roxy Theater, 220 W. Okmulgee Ave.

COST: Free, but registration is required by 5 p.m. Monday.

INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: cgaines@muskogeeonline.org or ariley@muskogeeonline.org.