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Published on February 20th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Michael Francis Gibson: Thoughts on Culture and Black History Month

(BLACK PR WIRE) – Scholar and art critic Michael Francis Gibson has published over fifteen books, including essays on culture and the power of images. A fierce defender of racial equality and an arbiter for compassion in social and political relations, he is currently putting the finishing touches on a film script that will be of tremendous interest to friends of the African American community in the U.S. as well as the world at large. Gibson, who lives in Paris, co-wrote the script for Lech Majewski’s extraordinary film, The Mill and the Cross. Gibson also holds a lifetime membership in the NAACP and is the adoptive parent of two black children who enjoyed the benefit of growing up in France. You may hear Michael Gibson’s interview with Sally David at writersforgood.com.

Majewski’s film The Mill and The Cross (2011; with Charlotte RamplingMichael York, and Rutger Hauerhttp://www.themillandthecross.com ) is a stunning recreation of Gibson’s book of the same title, an in-depth analysis of Bruegel’s inspired painting “The Way to Calvary.” The painting, according to Gibson, while relating the passion of Christ, also evokes the sort of scene that Bruegel himself too often witnessed: the execution of a Flemish Protestant by the militia of the King of Spain. The New York Times noted that Gibson’s book, a detailed analysis of a single painting, is “as readable and riveting as a first-rate spy thriller.” http://www.nytimes.com/books/01/05/20/bib/010520.rv081854.html

The book and the film, both available on Amazon, draw a vivid and detailed portrait of daily life in 16th century Europe and provide a forceful commentary on religious persecution. Read other books by Gibson http://www.the-university-of-levana-press.com. Contact him via writersforgood@gmail.com.

Gibson’s wit and compassion are well represented in his new script, a lively treatment of a serious theme: the racism African Americans experienced in the U.S. before the 1960’s and Martin Luther King’s rise to prominence. All that Gibson will currently say about the script is that “It offers wonderful roles for black actors/ actresses, including a phenomenal lead for a woman approximately 58 years of age—the genius who helps change everything for African Americans in the United States. And—there’s a happy ending you will love.” A film that combines Martin Luther King’s work, magic, and the end of racism—who can resist it? During Black History Month, contact Michael Francis Gibson via writersforgood@gmail.com.   

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