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Morton Theatre to Screen "Marshall" during Black History Month Film Festival

The 2017 film “Marshall,” starring Chadwick Boseman, will be the feature film at the Morton Theatre Corporation’s Third Annual Black History Month Film Festival, according to a press release from the theatre.

The screening will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 in the Morton Theatre. Donations will be accepted and popcorn and water will be on sale for one dollar each.

Prior to the feature screening, Lesley Feracho, an associate professor in the department of Romance Languages and the Institute of African-American Studies will introduce extraordinary world music videos.

Following the screening, the Christopher Ward, deputy chief judge of the Municipal Court of Atlanta, will answer questions about some of the legal challenges and issues raised in the film, and provide some context for how African-American attorneys were limited in the practice of law at that time. Ward graduated from the University of Miami School of Law and was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1998.

Thurgood Marshall was the first black justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, and the foundation for his career was built on his work as a defense attorney for cases selected by the NAACP.

“Marshall,” directed by Reginald Hudlin, takes place in 1940 in Bridgeport, Connecticut when Marshall is called to defend a black man accused of rape, and his task is complicated by the judge’s refusal to allow him to speak in court.

Boseman stars as Marshall in the biographical legal drama, and the film also stars Sterling K. Brown, Kate Hudson, Keesha Sharp, and Josh Gad.

The film is rated PG-13.

On-street and deck parking are available for free on Sundays.