On March 8, the Lapidus Center presented the New York City premiere of WGN America’s Underground, which follows a group of courageous men and women who use their ingenuity, power and perseverance to attempt the greatest escape in history and break free–despite the dire consequences that awaited them on the other side.

Award-winning  actress  and  activist  Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Temptation:  Confessions of a Marriage Counselor and The Great Debaters), along with co-star Alano Miller (TV’s Jane the Virgin and Person of Interest) joined Columbia University historian, Pulitzer Prize winner and Lapidus Center Advisor Eric Foner, and creators/executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski on stage for a stimulating post-screening discussion moderated by Shola Lynch, Schomburg’s curator of Moving Image and Record Sound.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the conversation



A light moment. From left to right. Shola Lynch, Joe Pokaski, Misha Green, Jurnee Smollet-Ball, Alano Miller and Eric Foner. Photo Terrence Jennings.


Photo Terrence Jennings