WMNF-88.5 FM has joined forces with the Tampa Chapter of NAACP-Hillsborough and the Council on American-Islamic Relations to present the Bay area premiere of a new documentary.
Prince Among Slaves tells the true story of African prince Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, who is captured by warring tribesmen in 1788, sold and shipped to America and enslaved by a southern plantation owner for more than 40 years.
Based on the book by Terry Alford, the film tells Sori's tale with first-person accounts, letters, photographs, historical records, newspaper articles, numerous diaries, plantation registers and plenty else.
A post-screening panel discussion takes place between Prince Among Slaves producer Michael Wolfe, Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez of the USF Institute on Black Life and St. Petersburg Times Media Critic Eric Deggans; WMNF's Empowerment Hour host Carolyn Lighty moderates.
The documentary premieres on PBS this Mon., Feb. 4.
Prince Among Slaves Premiere, Thurs., Jan. 31, 7 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., downtown Tampa, $10, 813-274-8286, princetampa.org.