A little over a week ago I was able to attend the star-studded premiere of the film 12 Years a Slave at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.
12 Years a Slave is based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup, who was a free Black man in upstate New York. A husband and father, he was a literate, working man, who also made money as a fiddler. However, his life changed in 1841. After being lured to Washington, D.C. with the promise of several days of work playing with the circus, he was kidnapped into slavery.