October Film Screening and Discussion Series on “Slavery and the Making of America”


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KANKAKEE – A four-part viewings and discussions of the PBS production “Slavery and the Making of America” will be held both in-person and online during the month of October. The event will be hosted by Project SUN, a mental health initiative aimed at helping all children flourish, and the YWCA Kankakee.

Learn from Morgan Freeman as he narrates a chronicle of slavery from 1619 to passage of the 13th Amendment. Time for organized group discussion and reflection will follow each of the four 45-minute film segments.

  • Online screenings will take place online through Zoom every Monday from October 5 to October 26 from 5:30-7:00 PM.
  • In-person viewings will be hosted at the Kankakee Public Library for a limited number of participants, in keeping with social distancing procedures. The four screening and discussion installments will take place Wednesday, October 7, Wednesday, October 15, Thursday, October 22, and Wednesday, October 28 from 5:00-6:30 PM.

For more information and directions on how to register for these events, visit the Project
SUN Facebook page @ProjectSUNKankakee.

Project SUN initiated community conversations, starting in July 2020, to address
systemic racism’s impact, including racial disparities in access to mental, emotional, and
behavioral health services. 49 adults and young adults have participated in community
conversations. October’s “Slavery and the Making of America” film screenings were
established based on participants’ feedback following these events.

Project SUN is a strong and unified network that is family-driven and youth-guided. It is
dedicated to strengthening the children’s behavioral health system of care in Kankakee
County through a coordinated network of services and supports that address the needs
of the whole child.

To learn more about the Project SUN initiative, please call
815.304.5933 or visit us online at projectsunkankakee.org.


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