Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by watching an incredible documentary – and support the Food Bank at the same time!  We’ve been chosen as the recipients of the admission “price” of this event.  The coordinators are asking that viewers “pay” for admission with a non-perishable food item, toiletry, and/or dog/cat food donations.  If you’ve got an unopened item in good condition sitting in your pantry that you won’t use, by all means bring it along.  Just don’t go to the store to buy something specifically for admission, because they will gladly accept a $2 donation for us instead…and you know how efficiently we can put funds to use.

From the event coordinators:

To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day AmeriCorps Members have organized a free showing of award winning, Emmy nominated Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, a documentary by Katrina Browne, at Celebration Cinema Grand Rapids North Location on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. A meet and greet reception with creator and producer Katrina Browne and Volunteer Fair will begin at 6:00 p.m., there will be light appetizers available. Katrina Browne will also be available during a live remote broadcast of Radio in Black and White,, at Celebration Cinema North from 10 am until noon.

In Traces of the Trade, Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Given the myth that the South is solely responsible for slavery, viewers will be surprised to learn that Browne’s ancestors were Northerners. The film follows Browne and nine family members (ages 32-71) on a remarkable and disturbing journey through the history and legacy of New England’s hidden enterprise.

The DeWolf descendants are confronted with questions that apply to all of us. What is the legacy of slavery? What is our shared responsibility? What would repair—spiritual and material—really look like? There will be a facilitated discussion following the film with Katrina Browne.

Browne is also the creator of Public Allies which is an AmeriCorps program focusing on minority youth leadership development that was created in 1992.

The event is free, but seating is limited. Register online at

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