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Join WVON at the ICON theatre, 150 West Roosevelt Road, each Wednesday during Black History Month for the State Farm Black Heritage Film Series. Movies start promptly at 7PM and will be followed by post-discussion forum hosted by one of our on-air personalities and/or a special guest. The 2014 Lineup is as follows:



February 12th

Night Catches Us

In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone’s beliefs, as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia. Sponsored by State Farm.


February 19th

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a Kartemquin documentary exploring Ali’s lifelong journey of spiritual transformation. From his Louisville roots, through his years in exile, to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Trials traces Ali’s path from poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace. Sponsored by State Farm.


February 26

Winnie Mandela

Winnie Mandela is a 2011 drama film adaptation of Anne Marie du Preez Bezrob’s biography Winnie Mandela: A Life. The film is directed by Darrell Roodt, and stars Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Wendy Crewson, and Elias Koteas. Sponsored by State Farm.


WVON State Farm Black Heritage Film Series

Each Wednesday in February, 7PM

Showplace ICON @ Roosevelt Collection

150 West Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL

General Admission ticket $6

VIP ticket $12

Ticket sales at the theater beginning at 5PM.



February 5th

12 Years A Slave

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life. Sponsored by AARP.