What: Beer Summit: The Black Presidential Imaginary @OpenHouse
When: Thursday, July 30, 2015
Organized by Ross Jordan and hosted by Robyn Farrell and Drew Roulo
In 1933 the thought of a black president was an absurd possibility, so a seven-year-old Sammy Davis Jr. appeared alongside Ethel Waters as president elect in the film Rufus Jones for President. Many years later, black comedians Richard Pryor and then Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock would continue dramatizing the image of a black president. The reception and screening featured an array of black presidents from popular culture from the blackface to the Anger Translator.