Institute for Advanced Study and Northrop Present

The Lost Negroes of North America: A Silent Film Experience

Spotlight Series
Past event
Nov 02, 2023
Four film stills from "The Lost Negroes of North America"

The decade following the conclusion of World War II is a rich period in American history and progress, but is also a time when African American contributions to family, education, social institutions, and collective wealth are often overlooked. Independent journalist Ralph L. Crowder III presents The Lost Negroes of North America, which examines a different perspective of northern family and community life in South Minneapolis from 1945–1955. The silent film experience includes exceptionally rare 8mm silent film footage from The Frances E. Thompson Digital Library for Family Research and will be accompanied by live, in-theater performances by a DJ, three-piece band, and poet. Prior to the screening, Crowder will be joined on stage by colleagues to discuss this needed reflection on community life.

Note: Livestream will include introduction and panel discussion only. Silent film will only be shown in person.

Reception to follow at 6:00 pm in the Northrop Gallery.

This event is presented in coordination with Alonzo King LINES Ballet Deep River.

About the Presenter

Ralph L. Crowder III is currently Program Director of the Frances E. Thompson Digital Library for Family Research where he is developing a catalog of digital earmarks (film, video, audio, print, art, etc.) for the preservation of Minneapolis & Saint Paul's African American family -experience, circa 1945 to present day. Crowder was the inaugural IAS-Hub Community Fellow this Spring 2023 at the University of Minnesota.

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Event Information

  • In-person Seating: General Admission
  • Doors: 4:15 pm
  • Event Begins: 4:30 pm CT
  • Note: Livestream will include the introduction and panel discussion only. The film will only be shown in person.
  • Online Access: You will receive an automatic email reminder one day and one hour prior to the event including the Zoom link and instructions for those who wish to attend in person.
  • Accessibility: All Spotlight Series events are professionally captioned and are available either online or in person at the Best Buy Theater at Northrop. Some accommodation requests may take us time to arrange, so please make requests for this event by Tue, Oct 17, 2023. If you are registering after this date, please reach out to us so we can explore available options. Questions/requests, contact Abby Travis,

Part of the 2023-24 Spotlight Series

2023-24 Spotlight Series: Moving Through Injustice