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Houston Public Library
News Release
Sunday, February 12, 2012

Film Screening of “The Black Power Mixtape” at the Houston Public Library
– Saturday, February 11th -

In commemoration of African American History Month the Houston Public Library (HPL) invites the community to the screening of the film “The Black Power Mixtape.” The presentation is on Saturday, February 11 at 2pm at the Central Library, 500 McKinney, 77002. The film screening is free and open to the public. For more details visit or call 832-393-1313. This program is supported by a grant from the Houston Public Library Foundation.

About the Film: “The Black Power Mixtape”
At the end of the 1960’s, numerous Swedish journalists came to the US, drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution.  Filming for close to a decade, they gained access to many of the leaders of the Black Power movement – Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis, and Eldridge Cleaver among them – capturing them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews.  Thirty years later, this lush collection of 16mm film, peppered with footage of Black Panther activities and B-roll images of black America; was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television.  Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring this mesmerizing footage to light. On January 23, 2012 the film won the Swedish Film Awards for Best Music and Best Editing.

At its heart, “The Black Power Mixtape” is a story about empowerment. It’s a moving and inspirational vehicle that takes the audience on a journey through the specific time period of 1967-1975 and the pressing issues of concern then (the Vietnam War, failing public schools, drug addiction, record levels of incarceration, extreme poverty, lack of government accountability and the pervasiveness of structural racism) while at the same time organically provoking deep questions about where Americans find themselves and the country today.

For details on upcoming children and adult Library events celebrating African American History Month, please visit

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.

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