‘Then I Knew,’ News-Democrat documentary screening/community forum on April 25

A documentary project produced by the Belleville News-Democrat, ‘Then I Knew’ examines race and identity by asking African-Americans about the first time they realized that the color of their skin could affect the way they are treated.

Reporter Cara Anthony interviewed people from different walks of life over the course of a year, including the great-granddaughter of Dred Scott. The project is a prime example of the changing nature of so-called “legacy media” in its growing development of new technologies and methods to explore issues in the news.

A panel discussion and screening will take place at 7 p.m. April 25 at Belleville East High School, 2555 West Blvd., Belleville, to discuss the project and issues of race and identity in the metro-east and St. Louis.

St. Louis SPJ is a proud community partner in this event with the Belleville News-Democrat, Racial Harmony, Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, and other area organizations. We are seeking volunteers to help out at the event – if interested, please contact SPJ President Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or Cara Anthony at canthony@bnd.com. Please spread the word regarding this event and join us on April 25!

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