The Nick announces special programming for Black History Month

Columbia, SC – The Nickelodeon invites you to celebrate Black History Month this February with a film series highlighting black artistry and excellence. This film series is in collaboration with the SC Commission for Minority Affairs, the Richland County Bar Association, Preach Jacobs, Benedict College, and more.

“We are thrilled to present a comprehensive Black History Month program that not only commemorates the rich history and contributions of the Black community but also fosters community engagement through curated film screenings and partnerships with esteemed institutions”, said Executive Director Sumner Bender.

Program Schedule:
● Tuesday, February 27: "Marshall" Screening and Partnership with Benedict Pre-Law Club and The Richland County Bar Association. This screening will feature a talkback afterwards with Nick Board Member Ebony Green and others.
● Wednesday, February 28: "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child" Documentary complemented by an artistic collaboration with SoulHaus Art Gallery and the Benedict College Department of Fine Arts. This screening will feature a talkback afterwards with local artists, Benedict faculty and moderated by Preach Jacobs.
● Thursday, February 29: "Summer of Soul" Screening in partnership with Mo Better Soul and SC Commission of Minority Affairs.

The Nick would like to highlight the SC Commission of Minority Affairs for their support of our Black History Month programming. This collaboration not only underscores their commitment to promoting diverse narratives but also demonstrates a shared dedication to fostering community engagement.

“Any time I have the chance to work with Preach I am going to make it happen”, said Bender. “With his expertise and passion for Black culture, Preach will ensure that each event is curated to provide a meaningful and enriching experience for our audience.”
This series also features a collaboration with the Richland County Bar Association for the screening of "Marshall." This strategic partnership combines the vibrant cultural space of The Nick with the legal expertise of the RCBA Members, creating a unique and enlightening event. The involvement of the RCBA promises insightful discussions and reflections on the legal legacy of Thurgood Marshall, adding a valuable layer to the screening.

In addition to these collaborators, The Nick is also partnering with Benedict College. Benedict’s engagement extends across screenings such as "Marshall" and “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child”, bringing an educational dimension to the program. This collaboration aims to foster meaningful discussions and reflections on the historical and artistic aspects of Black culture. The combined efforts of The Nick and Benedict College aspire to create a platform that not only celebrates Black History Month but also promotes community dialogue and understanding.

Tickets for The Nick's Black History Month film series are now available at nickelodeon.org.

Serving the Midlands of South Carolina, The Nickelodeon seeks to build a stronger, more inclusive, and more equitable community through film presentations that both entertain and provoke critical dialogue. The Nick is South Carolina’s only nonprofit arthouse theater. Located in the heart of Columbia, it provides community members with the tools to gather, interpret and appreciate the moving image in all its variety through theatrical and educational programs.

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs is the official South Carolina state agency bridging the gap between ethnic minority communities.

The Richland County Bar Association is the largest voluntary Bar in South Carolina and was established to promote the common business and professional interests of lawyers practicing in Richland County, South Carolina.


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