Once Upon a Time…When We Were Colored

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Once Upon a Time…When We Were Colored

  • 1995
  • Directed By: Tim Reid
  • Rated PG
  • Drama
  • 115 Minutes
  1. Saturday, January 19, 2013 3:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Once Upon a Time...When we Were Colored
In a tightly connected black community in Mississippi in the 1940s, people live and depend on each other and roots run deep. One American family must come to terms with the risks it is willing to take to fight racism in the segregated South. The film is an adaptation of Clifton L. Taulbert’s autobiography in which a young Taulbert recounts his life, beginning with his birth in a cotton field. In the moments before the American civil rights movement, the narrator shares an epic American saga of struggle, strength, and destiny. Special thanks to BET Entertainment. (HD Cam presentation)


This screening is part of the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day Celebration at Indiana University. Sponsors include the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, Black Film Center/Archive, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center and IU Cinema.