Cincinnati Dialogue with Ilyasah ShabazzJuly 9, 2011 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Prince Among Slaves: Film Screening & Dialogue In 1788 a slave-ship set sail from West Africa, its berth laden with a profitable but fragile cargo: hundreds of men, women and children bound in chains and headed for American shores. Among them was the 26-year-old Abdul Rahman Sori, heir to the throne of one of the largest kingdoms in Africa. Captured in an ambush, he was sold to English slavers for a few muskets and some rum. After enduring the brutal Middle Passage to America, packed below decks and in filthy conditions, he was purchased by a struggling Mississippi farmer named Thomas Foster. Prince Among Slaves explores the incredible true story of African Prince, Abdul Rahman Sori. His story of courage and forbearance under the meanest of circumstances is a powerful drama that not only speaks directly to the African American experience, but also to the human experience. It expands our idea about what it means to be human, what we’re capable of surviving, and how our dignity can remain intact, even when under relentless assault. And because his story takes place beginning around 1776, it also illuminates the foundational period in American history as viewed from a perspective that is generally ignored when thinking about the establishment of the country: that of the African people enslaved in the early years of nationhood. Following the film screening, a panel discussion and Q&A will take place featuring special guest Ilyasah Shabazz and Dr. Nikki Taylor, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati. This unique film screening takes place on Saturday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. at the Harriet Tubman Theater. The program is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 513-333-7710.