In February, Belfast Free Library’s free film series Friday Night Flicks is honoring Black History Month with films that reflect on the African-American experience. Friday Night Flicks are shown in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St. All films begin at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

The series continues Feb. 19 with “When We Were Kings,” winner of the 1996 Academy Award for Best Documentary. The film tells the story of the 1974 Rumble In The Jungle heavyweight championship battle between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. One does not have to be a boxing fan to be fascinated by this look at the intersection of sports, politics and celebrity. Sometimes a sporting event can be about much more than who wins and who loses.

Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” from 1989 will be presented on Feb. 26. Lee’s most sensational and controversial film is as relevant today as it was on its release. A great ensemble cast including Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson and John Turturro weaves the story of the many conflicts on the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the year. “Do The Right Thing” is an unflinching examination of racial relations and urban violence.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to