GUELPH – The Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) and the Mustang Drive-In are collaborating to present a weekend of special programming that spotlights Black history and culture on the open-air big screen.
Two Black-inspired movies will be screened at the Mustang Drive-in Theatre in Guelph-Eramosa on July 10, 11 and 12.
The featured films include Black Panther and Selma.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and learn more about Black heritage and culture,” said GBHS president, Denise Francis.
“With Black Panther featuring a Black superhero and Selma giving us an important glimpse into the Civil Rights Movement, both are important films for our generation.”
After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king.
When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.
Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the south, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for Blacks to register to vote.
In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage.
Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
These movie nights fundraisers to support GBHS’ Education Initiative.
An opportunity for movie goers to make cash donations will be available at the front gate.
The Mustang Drive-In Complex is located at 5012 Jones Baseline, Guelph
– Selma – 9:40pm (gates open at 7:30pm);
– Black Panther – 12:30am (gates open at 11:40pm);
Tickets are $15 for general admission; $5 children five years and under; and children under 4 tyears are free.
Safety guidelines that must be followed at Mustang include:
– those experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms must stay home;
– viewers must remain in their vehicle at all times (except for washroom use);
– masks must be worn to enter washrooms/building;
– no convertibles allowed;
– no hatchbacks allowed to be open; and
– no sitting in the bed of a pick-up truck.
Donations can be made online at https://www.guelphblackheritage.ca/donations/.