WTCI Will Host Preview Screening Of "I Am Not Your Negro"

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

WTCI will host a special preview screening of the Academy Award-nominated film, "I Am Not Your Negro," at the Downtown Library, 4th Floor on Thursday, Jan. 11. This free screening will begin at 6 p.m., and tickets can be reserved online at

Sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, Allied Eye, Southern Adventist University and Brody Jewelers, this free monthly film screening series is hosted by WTCI and introduces audiences to the wide variety of genres of film provided by the community PBS station. Guests of the screening series have enjoyed preview screenings of PBS programs since September, including Poldark, a documentary about jazz great John Coltrane, and the debut episode of the highly anticipated Masterpiece series Victoria. 

"The 4th Floor is a public laboratory and educational facility with a focus on information, design, technology and the applied arts and is a part of the ever-changing ways that the Chattanooga Public Library system serves the community. WTCI is pleased to host this special screening with our longstanding community partner," officials said.

New sustaining members who register during this screening event will receive special PBS gift baskets as a pledge thank you from WTCI. Community PBS stations like WTCI rely on support from members for over 50% of annual operating budgets. WTCI Passport members, sustaining members who contribute small monthly amounts, receive online access to local and national PBS programming, priority seating at WTCI screenings and subscriptions to the Chattanooga Magazine. 

Members of WTCI can visit to register for upcoming screenings and people interested in membership and member benefits can contact Member Services Manager, Lisa McDowd, at 423-702-7819 or

“Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” an American Masters documentary about the life and career of the seminal American novel, A Raisin in the Sun, will be featured on Feb. 8 at the Palace Theater.

Review of "I Am Not Your Negro":

In one of the most acclaimed films of the year, Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished with Baldwin's original words spoken by Samuel L. Jackson. "I Am Not Your Negro" is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. Ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., Baldwin and Peck produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. Nominated as the Best Documentary Feature Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this film will debut on-air in the Tennessee Valley on WTCI, Monday, Jan. 15 at 9 p.m.

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