African American Film Festival kicked off at Camden County Library Ferry Ave. Branch

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(Camden, NJ) – To mark Black History Month, the Freeholder Board and Camden County Library System are hosting a film series celebrating African American culture and history.

“The African American Film Festival will excite, inspire and celebrate the rich history of the African American Community and mark the contributions of some of the great leaders of the Civil Rights Movement,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young.  

The African American Film Festival is being held at the Riletta L. Cream Branch located at 852 Ferry Avenue in Camden City. All films begin at 5 p.m.

“Rosa Parks Story” – February 7

This 2002 movie stars Angela Bassett as Rosa Parks and Cecily Tyson as her mother. The film chronicles Rosa Park’s life and her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.

“Jumping the Broom” – February 14

Two very different families converge for a weekend wedding in this 2011 romantic comedy starring Angela Bassett, Paula Patton and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

“Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory” – February 28

The 1997 film about the life and music of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Possessing a powerful voice, she was one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a civil rights activist.

For more information on the Camden County Library System, including how to find your local branch, visit


Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Camden, Bellmawr, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees Township.   The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.