SPRINGFIELD, NJ — As part of the commemoration of February as Black History Month nationwide, Springfield Township hosted its third annual event, a critical film viewing and discussion Wednesday evening at the Chisholm Community Center.
Attendees at the event watched "More Than a Month," a film from Shukree Hassan Tilghman, in which the filmmaker asks whether black history is done a disservice by being crammed into one year and boiled down to its basic historical events and figures.
Throughout the course of the film, Tilghman travels all over the United States, asking that same question to different groups and individuals.
Following the screening, Sherri Franklin and Springfield Township Committeewoman Erica Dubois moderated a discussion about the film for those who had attended.
For Franklin, the events of the evening were constructive, and the dialogue that emerged from the film's showing was more than just surface-level.
"I think that this discussion we had tonight was awesome," Franklin said. "I think that we learned a lot from each other, and that people got a chance to express their views. And I'm happy with the way that this whole event turned out. The discussion was good.