The 16th season of Kravis Center’s African-American Film Festival kicks off January 11, 2021. This year’s theme is A Salute to Education – Stories of Triumph. “The three films to be presented all tell uplifting stories about the power of education,” says William “Bill” Nix (pictured above), former Cultural Council VP and festival host. Films to be screened this year include Lean on Me, starring Morgan Freeman; Akeelah and the Bee, starring Keke Palmer; and The Great Debaters, starring Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker. “This year, I will give some Black history before each film, specifically about historically Black colleges and universities,” says Mr. Nix. “There is a lot of purpose and hidden history behind this education.” There will also be a Q&A. The African-American Film Festival is part of ArtSmart, the Kravis Center’s continuing arts education series. See more at kravis.org/film/african-american-film-series.