The documentary “Black Social Change in Utah: Preserving the Story” will be shown Jan. 19, 7 p.m. at Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State Street, on the South City Campus in Salt Lake City. The film, which will also show Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m. at Rowland Hall, looks at how social change agents, particularly black activists living in Utah, maintain hope in the face of adversity.
Stories and histories from members of Utah’s Black community were filmed, recorded and combined into a compelling documentary format by SLCC TV and Marian Howe-Taylor, SLCC manager of Community Outreach and Strategic Initiatives.
“The film was developed because the black community is an important thread of Utah’s tapestry, but the stories of the black community in Utah are not widely known,” said Howe-Taylor. “By incorporating history, human rights, social change, and the human experience into a multi-disciplinary form, we seek to provide greater understanding of the Utah black experience.”
In addition to the documentary screening, well-known professional lyric baritone Robert Sims and pianist/composer Paul Hamilton will be visiting music classes Jan. 19 at SLCC’s South City Campus. On Jan. 20 the pair will perform at noon in the Oak Room in SLCC’s Student Center on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. Sims made his recital debut in 2005 at Carnegie Hall and is the Gold Medal winner of the American Traditions Competition. Hamilton has performed all over the world, including Russia and Ireland.