More Than a Month: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Virtual Classroom Event


One of the most acclaimed films of the year and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and with a flood of rich archival material.

Experience the film screening in full with your classroom, followed by a Q&A. Classrooms will be able to ask questions and have them in answered in real time through the unique OVEE viewing experience.

This free virtual classroom event will take place on January 17, 2018 from 1:00pm-3:00-pm.  Register here.


  • Hébert Peck, Producer, I Am Not Your NegroPeck is a Haitian-American, Oscar-nominated producer of both television and film. He produced “I Am Not Your Negro” together with director Raoul Peckand co-producer Rémi Grellety. The critically acclaimed film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.
  • Aisha Karefa-Smart, James Baldwin’s Niece
    Karefa-Smart was born in New York City and raised in a house where famous African-American writers, artists, and musicians often congregated. Her uncle, the late James Baldwin, when not busy writing his next novel in the South of France, often had all night literary and political “jam sessions” with other world famous black writers such as Amiri Baraka, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison.
  • Modertaor: Mike Lang, Elementary School Educator
    Mike Lang is the Technology Strategist/Instructor at Dearing Elementary School in Las Vegas, NV. He has the honor of being an Apple Distinguished Educator and PBS Digital Innovator.

This virtual learning opportunity is powered by OVEE: a shared media viewing experience. Created by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), OVEE combines quality HD media and livestream content with the community-building conversation of social media in a single-screen experience.

Through OVEE, filmmakers, educators, public media stations and other partners create online screenings that bring together fans, students, subject experts and special guests to watch streaming media and chat live in a virtual theater. The OVEE chat enables them to discuss the topic, share resources, and ask questions of panelists and experts featured in the video.