George Potter & Andrew Adkins/2014/68 min/People & Culture
Saturday, March 9, 12:30 p.m. [West]
Chicago Public Library, Austin Branch
Saturday, March 9, 5 p.m. [South]
Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago
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.