The Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives (GRAAMA) will host film director Kasi Lemmons’s portrayal of Araminta Ross, better known as Harriet Tubman, on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 pm at Celebration South. The biopic has been highly acclaimed by critics as a “monument to her [Harriet’s] heroism” and a “gripping story” with Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo starring in the lead role. The iconic story of Tubman making 13 trips to free 70 slaves is well translated to screen with galvanizing performances from the entire cast. The wondrous musical backdrop is scored by jazz trumpeter, Terence Blanchard, who will, consequently, be playing live at the 2020 Grand Rapids Symphony’s Celebration of Soul. A special tribute to local artist Paul Collins, whose depiction of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad hangs in the Grand Rapids Public Museum, will be highlighted with rare footage capturing him painting with local models. Gladys Long who portrayed Harriet in the oil painting will present a live version of Harriet Tubman. The Candied Yam has partnered with GRAAMA to provide offerings from their soul food menu to tie into the movie’s theme.
Tickets are $25 per person online (not including the Eventbrite service charges) which includes both movie pass and soul food. In addition, there will be a silent auction, raffle, and giveaways based on Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Tickets may also be purchased for $25 directly from GRAAMA by calling George Bayard at 616.540.2943.
This event will kick off the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives capital campaign for a new building in 2021