A Shocking Pair

Let’s be honest. Much of this generation has probably learned about interracial relationships through mediocre 2000s movies like Something New, Save the Last Dance, or that MTV-made travesty starring Monica, Love Song. But who among Millennials remembers the granddaddy of the genre? Long before hashtags and “Facebook official,” Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton broke social barriers by starring as an interracial couple in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Directed by Stanley Kramer, the 1967 film centers on Houghton’s white parents as they come to terms with their daughter’s black boyfriend. The groundbreaking movie won two Oscars and remains one of the few cinematic depictions of the black man/white woman relationship. See a screening of the influential film at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami) Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. After the film, attorney Jaret Davis and local civic activist Reginald Clyne will discuss the impact of the movie on race relations in America. Following the discussion, attendees can explore the nationally touring exhibition “Race,” developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota. Tickets cost $6. Call 305-646-4400 or visit miamisci.org.
Thu., Feb. 6, 6 p.m., 2014
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