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Columbus Arts Organizations Celebrate Wil Haygood and the Release of “Colorization: 100 Years of Black Films in a White World.


COLUMBUS, Ohio—Columbus once again demonstrates its’ collaborative spirit by hosting a series of arts events and community conversations to celebrate the release of author Wil Haygood’s “Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World.”


Born in Columbus, Haygood has authored multiple nonfiction books including “The Butler: A Witness to History”(2013); “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America” (2015); “In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.” (2003) and “The Haygoods of Columbus” (1997), among others. In 2018, he published “TIGERLAND: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart and a Magical Season of Healing” and curated the catalog for the Columbus Museum of Art’s Harlem Renaissance: I, Too, Sing America exhibition.


This series of events is something Columbus arts and cultural organizations excel at and continues the spirit of collaboration born during the Harlem Renaissance: I, Too, Sing America celebration, a year-long series of events presented by more than 30 area cultural organizations in 2018.

Colorization events take place October 16-28, 2021.


Saturday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Columbus Museum of Art hosts a
 unique one-day immersive film program for teens with Wil Haygood to cultivate and inspire the next generation of cultural producers. The program is by invitation and includes workshops and mentoring opportunities with local Black filmmakers and creatives. For more information, call 614-629-0369.


Saturday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.

The Lincoln Theatre will host a free, 30th anniversary screening of Robert Townsend’s 1991 feature film, The Five Heartbeats


Sunday, October 17, 3:30 p.m.
Columbus native and author Wil Haygood and Hollywood director and actor Robert Townsend will be live on stage at the Lincoln Theatre to discuss Black filmmaking and the history of Blacks in the film industry. Both Lincoln Theatre events are free but registration is required.


For more information and to register for either event visit:


Monday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.

The Wexner Center will present a Q&A with Wil and director Michael Schultz, also a screening of Schultz’s Cooley High. Free to attend, registration required. For more information visit:


Wednesday, October 20, 11:30 a.m.

The Columbus Metropolitan Club’s weekly program will feature an interview with Wil to be moderated by Wexner Center Director of Film and Video, Dave Filipi. Registration information available in September.


Wednesday, October 20, 7 p.m.

Gateway Film Center will host a conversation between Hanif Abdurraqib, an American poet, essayist, and cultural critic and Wil Haygood, followed by a screening of Joseph Sargent’s The Man (1972). Admission is free and tickets will be available for pick up at the GFC Ticket Center three hours prior to screening. For more information visit:


Thursday, October 21, 7 p.m.
Gramercy Books partners with the Drexel Theatre will present an evening of conversation and film that explores Black filmmaking in Hollywood. There will be a screening of one of the films featured in the book (TBD), the first of a series of films from Colorization at the Drexel, followed by a Q&A and book sale and signing with Haygood. Cost to attend is $10. For more information and to purchase tickets visit:


Sunday, October 24, 1 p.m.

Columbus Metropolitan Library in partnership with The King Arts Complex, will feature Wil Haygood as part of their Carnegie Author Series. Music provided by the King Arts Complex musicians performing scores from films referenced in Colorization and an in-person talk with Haygood about Colorization and book signing afterwards. Free to attend, registration required. To register visit:


Thursday, October 28, 6 p.m.

The Columbus International Black Film Festival will host a free screening of Shaft at the Columbus Museum of Art. Free to attend, registration required. To register visit:


The community-wide celebration of the release of Colorization is supported by CAPA, Columbus International Black Film Festival, Columbus Metropolitan Club, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Museum of Art, Drexel Theatre, Gateway Film Center, Gramercy Books, Greater Columbus Arts Council, King Arts Complex, Larry and Donna James, Lincoln Theatre and Wexner Center for the Arts.



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