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Black History Month Film Series


February 18, 2024
3:00 pm
Venue: Capitol Theatre


Duration: 2 hours 8 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Price: FREE
movie still of march crowd in Selma

To commemorate Black History Month 2024, the Appell Center has collaborated with four prominent York County community members to curate an exclusive film series. Each feature portrays the struggles, triumphs and challenges faced by these historical individuals and in significant periods of time. They are stories that simply must be told and retold… stories that continue to influence those that experience them.

Through the generous support of the Racial Equity Fund offered through the York County Community Foundation, admission to all four movies in the series is free.

  • Hidden Figures (Sun, 2/4) – selected by Helen Tafesse
  • Queen and Slim (Fri, 2/9) – selected by Rich Craighead
  • Selma (Sun, 2/18) – selected by Samantha Dorm
  • A Man Called Adam (Fri, 2/23) – selected by Jeff Kirkland

Each film screening will open with remarks by its curator, detailing why they think the movie should be shared with the York community, and how it has significantly impacted their lives.

From the Oscar-winning producers of 12 Years a Slave and acclaimed director Ava DuVernay comes the true story of courage and hope that changed the world forever. Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo shines as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who rallied his followers on the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in the face of violent opposition, an event that became a milestone victory for the civil rights movement. Oscar nominees Oprah Winfrey and Tom Wilkinson also star in this landmark film.

Meet the Curator

Smantha Dorm portrait

Samantha L. Dorm is one of the founders of the Friends of Lebanon Cemetery, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of African American cemeteries in York County by honoring the memory of those interred in their folds through historic research, documentation, education, preservation, restoration and community engagement. She is an active member and participant in the Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds Network, the Black Cemetery Network, consults with the National Cemetery Administration to promote the care of African American Veterans in private cemeteries. Dorm is an active contributor to the Veterans Legacy Program, highlighting the untold accomplishments of veterans, and recently joined the Board of the York County History Center. Her work has been featured on WITF, CBS Sunday Morning with Martha Teichner, USA Today, and in several written works.

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