All are Invited to View Movie at UU

First in a month-long programming for Muslim Journeys

URBANA, Ohio (September 27, 2013) - Members of the public are invited to view and discuss the movie, Prince Among Slaves, at Urbana University’s Student Center Moore Conference Room on Thursday, October 3 at 7 pm. The program is part of the Muslim Journeys: Bridging Cultures Bookshelf programs being offered by the University during the month of October. The movie and discussion are free and open to the public.

The movie tells the story of Abdul Rahman Sori, heir to the throne of one of the largest kingdoms in Africa in 1788, and begins when he was captured by slave traders and put on a slave ship bound for Natchez, Mississippi. The 2008 movie, Prince Among Slaves, depicts Abdul Rahman’s capture, time on a slave ship, and eventual life as a slave on a Mississippi cotton farm. Abdul Rahman was forced to accept the religion of his master rather than continue to follow his religion, Islam. After twenty years in the United States, he had a chance encounter with a surgeon who he had met before being transported to the United States. The surgeon tried to help Abdul Rahman gain his release from slavery but his slave owner refused to free him. After enduring another twenty years of slavery, Abdul Rahman met a local printer who had a friend in the US Embassy in Morocco. The friend contacted the Sultan of Morocco who contacted US President John Quincy Adams in an attempt to gain the release of Abdul Rahman. Descendants of Abdul Rahman wanted his story shared and worked on the creation of the movie, Prince Among Slaves, with Unity Productions Foundation, a nonprofit working for peace through the media.

Following the showing of the movie, a discussion of the film will be led by Dr. J. Michael Rhyne, associate professor of history at Urbana University. Dr. Rhyne, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, is a specialist in 19th century history of America. At Northern Kentucky University, he taught the history of Kentucky for several years before joining the faculty at Urbana University in 2009, where he teaches United States and world history. He has long been fascinated about the many ways in which slaves in the United States sought to both resist slavery and to liberate themselves when the time arose. Dr. Rhyne’s soon-to-be published book, “Terror is at Hand”: Race, Violence, and the Law in Post-Emancipation Kentucky, examines the Civil War era in Kentucky.

For details about other programs in the Muslim Journeys series, consult the website: http://www.urbana.edu/resources/community/muslimjourneys.html

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

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