George Potter & Andrew Adkins/2014/68 min/People & Culture
FILM DESCRIPTION: “An American Ascent” documents the first African-American expedition to tackle North America's highest peak, Denali. In only a few decades the United States will become a majority-minority nation, as people of color will outnumber today's white majority for the first time ever. Yet, a staggering number of people in this soon-to-be majority do not consider the outdoors as a place for them. By taking on the grueling, 20,310 foot peak of the continent's biggest mountain, nine African-American climbers set out to shrink this adventure gap by building a legacy of inclusion in the outdoor/adventure community.
Teens and young adults encouraged to attend.
Saturday, March 9, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. [West]
Chicago Public Library, Austin Branch, 5615 W. Race,
Representative Camille Lilly and Senator Don Harmon will give a brief welcome before the film. After the film, participate in Q&A, and learn about meaningful action opportunities with: Robin Renee, Coach, GirlTrek; Kim Ruffin, Certified Forest Therapist, Cardinal Encounters; Ylanda Wilhite, Youth Conservation Action Partnership Coordinator, The Field Museum. Facilitator: Stephanie McCray, Executive Coach, Executive Material.
Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Refreshments available.
Saturday, March 9, 5 to 7 p.m. [South]
Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W. 95th St., Wright Chapel, Chicago
After the film, participate in facilitated audience dialogue to explore the film's topics, connections, and opportunities for action. Facilitator: Jiuliette Tyson, Green Committee Member, Trinity UCC. Also engage with action and project ideas through: Kim Ruffin, Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Cardinal Encounters; Veronica Kyle, Chicago Outreach Director, Faith in Place.
Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue.