Documentary; Black Librarians; Rodney Freeman
Amidst the rising challenges of book banning and censorship, a documentary is set to shed light on the contributions of Black Librarians who stand on the front lines, ensuring equitable access to knowledge for all. Titled Are You a Librarian: The Untold Story of Black Librarians, this eagerly anticipated documentary is scheduled for release at the top of 2025. The production promises to captivate audiences with a narrative that unveils the often-overlooked role of Black librarians in shaping our collective understanding of the world.
From historical accounts of resilience to modern-day triumphs, the film will weave personal stories with archival footage, interviews, and compelling visuals. The producers anticipate a late 2024 to early 2025 release date, ensuring that the documentary resonates deeply with audiences and contributes to a broader understanding of the librarians’ profound impact on society.
As a precursor to the documentary’s release, a sizzle reel will be unveiled at the ASALH Conference 2023 in September, hosted by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The event will take place at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront 225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, Florida. This sneak peek is expected to generate further anticipation within the librarian community and the general public.