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YWCA brings "Woke Up Black" to town

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 10:27 am

Chicago filmmaker and activist Mary F. Morten's documentary "Woke Up Black," winner of the 2012 Black Excellence Award in Documentary Filmmaking, will screen twice on Thursday in Fort Wayne.

The free screenings are open to the public and will be followed by discussions with Morton and Sheldon Smith, one of the documentary's subjects. The first screening and discussion will be 1:30-3:30 p.m in Rooms 114-116 at at IPFW's Walb Student Union, and the second at 5-7 p.m. at YWCA Northeast Indiana, 1610 Spy Run Ave.

The film focuses on five black youths, along with their struggles and triumphs as they start their journey into adulthood. The film centers on their voices - their ideas, attitudes and opinions that are often overlooked in society at large. The two events are hosted by YWCA Northeast Indiana as a part of its Stand Against Racism activities, and IPFW's Center for Women and Returning Adults, and Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Those interested in attending can sign up by sending email to