Free movie screening to kick off One Book, One Harper spring events

February 20, 2015

One Book, One Harper's spring events will kick off with a film screening of "The Tuskegee Airmen," a story that focuses on the exploits of the groundbreaking unit of African-American combat pilots who served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

The free screening will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in the Student Lounge, Building A, Room A236 on Harper College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

The film, released in 1995, stars Lawrence Fishburne, Andre Braugher and Courtney B. Vance.

One Book, One Harper is an annual initiative that encourages the community to read the same book and take part in a variety of related academic, cultural and social activities. This year's selection is "The Greatest Generation" by Tom Brokaw, who coined the term to describe the men and women who came of age during the Great Depression and World War II and then went on to build modern America.

The public is welcome to the movie screening. Refreshments will be served and information about the real Tuskegee Airmen will be available. For a full list of upcoming One Book, One Harper films and programs, visit

A film screening of "A League of Their Own" is also set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the same location. Following it will be a lively panel discussion, "Finding a Woman's Place in World War II," focusing on the role of women in 1940s America and their contributions to the war effort both in the military and on the home front. The panel discussion will take place in the Drama Lab Theatre, Building L, Room L109.

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