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“The Hate U Give” Film Screening Prompts Discussion for MLK Week

Students, faculty and staff viewed the 2018 movie in the Lenfest Theater on Tuesday evening, the first of two films being shown during MLK Week.

The event was sponsored by the Greek Presidents Council and Ursinus College Student Government.

Ursinus College is celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement this week with inquiry, reflection and service.

“This film highlights the racial injustices in our criminal justice system that Dr. King cared very much about,” said Christian Rice, visiting assistant professor of philosophy and religion and assistant dean for civic engagement, who led a discussion after the film. “It is disheartening to many that we haven’t progressed more in the years since Dr. King’s death.”

The film tells the story of a teenage girl named Starr, who after witnessing her childhood friend die in a police shooting, must navigate the challenges she faces at home, on the streets and at her private school.

As for the importance of screenings of this type, Rice explained, “Movies like this inspire young people to be aware of injustice so that they are inspired to do something about it.”

The film discussion also focused on its links to Dr. King’s focus on redemptive suffering, the structural injustices in the film and the challenges of using statistical probability in doing a job like policing.

A second film, Let the Fire Burn, will be shown along with a panel discussion on Thursday, January 24, at 7 p.m. in the Lenfest Theater. —By Monique Kelly