Mary Morten

American Identity

WOKE UP BLACK: Telling Stories About Young Black Lives

“Woke Up Black” a film by Mary F. Morten is having its world premier at the Siskel Center this Friday, February 25. To buy tickets, click here.

The film follows five young African Americans from different parts of Illinois over two years. Their stories are as fascinating as they are different, and yet their struggles and dreams have remarkably similar themes.

The film digs deep into the diverse lives and lifestyles of its young subjects - exploring what it’s like to be an African American excelling in a suburban, white community in one case; to be an honor roll student who was adopted by a gay couple, or a genderqueer activist who must… Read more