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Slave trade documentary to preview Drake conference on racial privilege

CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu 

Drake University will show a documentary about the history of the largest slave-trading family in the United States on Wednesday, Oct. 14, as part of a film festival in conjunction with Drake’s upcoming conference on white privilege.

The free, public screening of “Traces of the Trade” will begin at 6 p.m. in room 102 of Harvey Ingham Hall, 2804 Forest Ave. 

The documentary follows filmmaker Katrina Browne, descendent of the DeWolfe family of New England, as she retraces the Triangle Trade from her hometown in Rhode 

Island to slave forts in Ghana to sugar plantations in Cuba. Throughout her journey, Browne explores Northern complicity in the slave trade and contemporary race relations.

The film festival will precede “The Race Card: Who Holds the Privileged Hand?” a conference on white privilege to be held at Drake University on Saturday, Nov. 7. 

The conference will feature both Drake faculty and student roundtable discussions, as well as workshops on racial topics and a keynote address by Peggy McIntosh, author of “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” 

The film festival will conclude with a screening of “The Green Mile” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

For more information about the films or conference, contact Brittanie Pearson at brittanie.pearson@drake.edu.