Black History Studies attended the triple bill of screenings at BFI Southbank on Saturday 26th May 2012.
I strongly recommend that you watch the films Cointelpro 101, The Spook Who Sat by the Door and Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat By The Door.
The screening was well attended considering the lovely hot weather outside. Watching the Spook Who Sat By The Door, you start to realize why this film was banned and why the FBI tried to destroy all copies of the film. The after screening discussion with Margaret Busby was inspiring as the Spook Who Sat by the Door was the first book she published under Alison Busby Publishers in 1973. Sam Greenlee tried to publish the book in the US and was rejected by the publishers until it became the book of the week when released by Margaret. She encouraged everyone to publish their own stories. We have no excuses now due to the technologies and systems available to us such as e-books and print-on-demand.
Thank you to David Somerset and the African Caribbean Consultative Group for putting on these screenings under the African Odysseys Film Programme.