Richard Wright's Native Son screening set Friday at The MAX

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK)- Mississippi's Arts and Entertainment Experience is celebrating the work and life of a well-known American author of novels.

In honor of the 80th anniversary of the publication of Native Son by Richard Wright, The MAX is screening HBO’s 2019 film adaptation. The screening is Friday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. The first 70 guests will receive free bookmarks and an anniversary edition of Black Boy. As a special treat Julia and Malcolm Wright, daughter and grandson of Richard Wright, have recorded special messages that will be shown before the film.

"It shows the struggles we as the people have dealt with for so many years. This was Richard Wright's way of going through that emotion he wrote. Someone from Roxie, Mississippi was able to write novels and literature that changed the course of American literature as a whole," says Curator of Exhibitions Stacey Wilson.

Native Son tells the story of a young African-American living in Chicago who is hired as a chauffeur for an affluent businessman. He faces unforeseen choices and perilous circumstances that will alter the course of his life forever.