Join filmmakers, critics, theologians, scholars, teachers, clergy, policymakers and others interested in the intersection of film and culture, and in the work of racial reconciliation and justice.

Before his death in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remarked that while the nation had come “a long, long way” in its quest for racial justice, it still had a long, long way to go. These words ring true even now as we prepare to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death in spring 2018.

Co-sponsored by Baylor University and the Austin Film Festival, this three-part series at Washington National Cathedral will consider how film has been both a divisive and unifying medium, and how it offers unique opportunities to launch substantial conversations about race and prejudice.

Through film screenings, discussions, keynote speakers, teaching sessions on race and film, and preaching on race and racial reconciliation, attendees will both participate in a national celebration of the life and work of Dr. King during Black History Month, and elevate a national conversation on what divides us—and how we are meant to toil together.

  • Friday night film screening and panel discussion of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967)
  • Saturday workshop
  • Saturday night film screening and panel discussion of “Get Out” (2017)

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Full Schedule

FREE Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
7 pm

Now in its 50th anniversary year, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner represents a milestone in American film. NPR’s Korva Coleman will moderate a panel discussion on the film’s historical context and explore the impact of this film.

Panelists: The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dr. Greg Garrett, Mr. Vann Newkirk

Saturday Workshop
3 pm – 5 pm 

This afternoon workshop will explore in greater detail the two films, made nearly 50 years apart. Two hours of conversation among panelists and participants will more deeply interrogate stereotypes and tropes and compare the narratives in each film. In part, the goal of the workshop will be to prepare participants to watch the evening screening with greater attentiveness to questions of narrative and context.

Panelists: The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dr. Greg Garrett, Lenika Cruz

FREE Film Screening and Panel Discussion : Get Out
6:30 pm

Oscar-nominated Get Out offers a gruesome alternative to Friday’s film. Covering similar territory (a young African American man meeting his white girlfriend’s parents), this film is rated R (for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references), and classified as a horror/mystery/thriller. NPR’s Korva Coleman will moderate a panel discussion on themes related to race and film and our current culture.

Panelists: The Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce, Vann Newkirk, Dr. Greg Garrett

Holy Eucharist at Washington National Cathedral
9 am or 11:15 am

The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas preaches at Sunday services, offering a theological perspective during Black History Month.


About the Speakers

Ms. Korva Coleman is a newscaster for NPR. In this role, she is responsible for writing, producing, and delivering national newscasts airing during NPR’s newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. Occasionally she serves as a substitute host for Weekend All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

Ms. Lenika Cruz is an Associate Editor at The Atlantic, where she writes about film and culture. In addition to her work as a film reviewer, she has participated in The Atlantic’s popular weekly roundtables on Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas is Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Seminary and the Canon Theologian at Washington National Cathedral. She is considered a leader in the fields of womanist theology, racial reconciliation, and sexuality and the black church.

Dr. Greg Garrett is Professor of English at Baylor University and, according to BBC Radio, one of America’s most important voices on faith and culture. The author of more than 20 books on religion, politics, narrative, literature, and popular culture, he is also Theologian in Residence at the American Cathedral in Paris, and a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church.

Mr. Vann Newkirk is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he has covered health policy, civil rights, voting rights, environmental justice, race and class in American politics, and the evolution of black identity. He is a frequent media guest on race, politics, and culture

The Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce is Professor and Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC. She is a scholar of African American Religious History; Womanist Theology; African American Literature; and Race and Religion.

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  • Friday night film screening and panel discussion of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967)
  • Saturday workshop
  • Saturday night film screening and panel discussion of “Get Out” (2017)

register now