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Janelle Monae and Andrew Young attend Atlanta screening for Oscar-nominated "I Am Not Your Negro"

Less than 24 hours before the documentary was nominated for an Oscar, local celebrities and students attended a screening for "I Am Not Your Negro" at Morehouse College.

Shortly after joining protestors for the Women's March on Washington, Atlanta-based singer Janelle Monae returned home to attend a screening of the Raoul Peck documentary, which completes author and social activist James Baldwin’s unfinished novel using archival footage. Former Atlanta Mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young was also in attendance.

Baldwin was 63 when he died. He left behind 30 pages of an unfinished manuscript titled “Remember This House,” intended to share his personal account of the lives and assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers.

The 93-minute documentary is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

"I Am Not Your Negro" recently snagged an Oscar nomination in the Documentary (Feature) category. The film will compete against "13th," "Life, Animated," "OJ: Made in America," and "Fire at Sea."

The film will open at Landmark Midtown and Regal Atlantic Station on Feb. 3.

 The 89th Academy Awards will air on Feb. 26 on ABC.

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