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Wake Forest to host screening and discussion of documentary 'Prince Among Slaves'

April 16, 2008

“Prince Among Slaves,” an award-winning documentary film about an African prince who regained his freedom after spending 40 years enslaved in Natchez, Miss., will be shown at 7 p.m. April 22 in Brendle Recital Hall at Wake Forest University’s Scales Fine Arts Center.

After the screening, renowned author Sylviane Diouf, director of the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will deliver a lecture and answer questions about the film.   A reception and book signing will follow the film and lecture. 

The entire event is free and open to the public.

“Prince Among Slaves” chronicles the life of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, who was captured in 1788 and sold as a slave to a poor, nearly illiterate Mississippi farmer.  After four decades, the Muslim prince proved his royal status, won his freedom and returned to Africa.  The film won best documentary at the 2007 American Black Film Festival.

Diouf, who appears in the documentary, holds a doctorate from the University of Paris and has taught at the University of Libreville and New York University.  One of her books, “Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas,” was named 1999 Outstanding Academic Book by the American Library Association.

The event is co-sponsored by the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem, the departments of religion and history at Wake Forest and the Muslim Students Association of Wake Forest.

For more information, contact Mustafa Abdullah of the Muslim Students Association at or at (336) 760-6439.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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