By Vince Robinson
The African American Archives Auxiliary and African American Initiatives at the Western Reserve Historical Society partnered with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to present MLK, Movements, Millennials & More: A Celebration and Exploration of History As We Plan For The Future, a series of events staged in Cleveland in several venues from January 24-27.
The film God Talk was screened last Friday by the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival at CWRU’s Health Campus in connection with the National Museum of African American History & Culture, thanks to the vision of Dr. Regennia N. Williams, Distinguished Scholar of African American History and Culture at Western Reserve Historical Society and founder and director of The Rashad Center, Inc.
The film delves into the perspectives of a diverse group of interviewees from many different religious experiences as well as atheists/agnostics. Prominently featured in the film was Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, son of Cleveland’s Rev. Otis Moss Jr. of the famed Olivet Institutional Baptist Church. The younger Moss is the senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois.
God Talk focuses on millennials, persons born between 1981 and 1996. The term was coined based on the idea they were the first generation to reach adulthood in the new millennium.
A talkback panel discussion featuring Dr. Teddy Reeves of NMAAHC, Heather Burton, Ph.d of CWRU, Reverend Paul Sadler Sr. of Mt. Zion Congregational UCC, and Reverend Brian A. Cash of East Mt. Zion Baptist Church followed the screening.