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Voices for Justice: When Blackness Was Golden by Pemon Rami

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Harold Washington Library Center


Chicago Public Library is pleased to welcome Pemon Rami, author of his memoir “When Blackness Was Golden!” as part of our Voices for Justice series and celebration of Black History Month. Pemon will converse with radio, TV, and Special Event Producer Sylvia Ewing.

“When Blackness Was Golden” shares Mr. Rami’s coming-of-age story as a young man growing up in Chicago. Encapsulated by the body politics of the civil rights movement, the student movement, the Black arts movement, and the Black theatre and film movements, this book highlights influential eras of Black History.

Pemon Rami is a Veteran international filmmaker, lifelong cultural advocate, and former Director of Education at the DuSable Museum of African American History. He is also Chicago’s first African American film casting director; Mr. Rami provided talent for numerous feature films, including “The Blues Brothers,” “Mahogany” starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams, “Cooley High,” and “The Spook Who Sat by the Door” among others.

Pemon Rami is an international film producer and director, a member of the Board of the Illinois Arts Council, a former member of the Joseph Jefferson Theatre Awards Committee, a former National Endowment for the Arts Program Evaluator, and a member of the Luminary Board of the Independent Film Alliance.

Amongst his numerous awards, he received the 2017 Visionary Award from the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, the country’s most prominent Black film festival. His film “93 Days,” covering the Ebola virus in Nigeria and starring Danny Glover, garnered him a nomination for an African Academy Award and African People’s Choice Award.

Sylvia Ewing is a director at the nonprofit organization Elevate Energy. Sylvia has worked on both sides of the microphone, helping nonprofits communicate effectively, implement strategic plans, manage change, produce events, and as an award-winning journalist.

How to Attend

This event takes place in person. Masks are strongly encouraged in all CPL locations. Questions about visiting the library? Check out our Using the Library FAQs.

This event can also be seen live on CPL's YouTube channel and CPL's Facebook page. You'll be able to ask questions during the event as well! Can't make it to the live stream? We'll archive the video on YouTube to watch later.

Automatic captioning is available via Facebook and YouTube's closed captioning setting. Need sign language interpretation or other accommodations for this event? Please call (312) 747-8184. Requests must be made at least 14 business days before the event.

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Black History
Suitable for:
Teens: 13 to 19 years
Adults: 18 and up
Author Events
History and Genealogy

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