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In anticipation of The Birth of a Nation, writer, director and star of the movie Nate Parker hosted pop up screenings in various cities across the country. Cities like Harlem, Queens, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Houston and Detroit held the screenings and welcomed support from the communities.

Al Sharpton and Nate Parker

Al Sharpton and Nate Parker

Special guests such as Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN) showed up in Harlem, the Jamaica Center for Learning Arts (JCAL) supported the Queens screening, Compton’s Mayor Aja Brown, Carson Mayor Albert Robles and the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles attended the Los Angeles screening, the T.R.E. Foundation held the screening in Charlotte, the Emerging 100 president Steve Hadley and gospel singer James Fortune introduced the film in Houston and gospel singer Lexi welcomed guests in Detroit.

Compton Mayor Aja Brown

Compton Mayor Aja Brown

Other specials guests were Valerie Bell, the mother of 2006 police shooting victim Sean Bell, Councilwoman Inez Dickens, Korey Wise, Rev. Herbert D. Daughtry, Judge Tanya Kenney and more.

Sold out crowd in Houston

Sold out crowd in Houston

The Birth of a Nation will be in theaters everywhere this Friday

Photo credit: Bernard Smalls (Harlem), Tylik Hill (Queens), Malik Williams (Charlotte), Andre Kelly (Houston), Julia Lofstrand (LA)