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02-13-1998

Clarkson University Presents Speaker Following Special Mar. 1 Screening Of "Amistad" At Roxy

POTSDAM, N.Y. – "Amistad," Steven Spielberg's Oscar nominated film, will be shown at special times on Sunday, Mar.1, at the Roxy Theater, Main Street, Potsdam.

The film will be shown twice, at noon and at 4:15 p.m. Admission for the movie is $3. Between the showings, Samuel H. Plieh, great-great grandson of revolt leader Joseph Cinque, will speak on the historical legacy of the Amistad incident.

In 1839, slaves aboard the Spanish vessel La Amistad revolted, led by Cinque. The ship was captured off the coast of New England, setting off a legal battle that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. The court eventually ruled in favor of the slaves, who were represented by former president John Quincy Adams.

Plieh, who was born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa, was the language coach on the "Amistad" set and played the eldest of the captives in the film. He is executive director of the Memphis-based organization Mid South/Africa Link and serves as professor of biology at State Technical Institute at Memphis.

The event is co-sponsored by Clarkson University's Office of Diversity, SPECTRUUM, Co- Curricular Programs and Pipeline of Educational Programs. For more information, call Randy Lamson, director of Campus Center activities, at (315) 268-6680.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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