The enduring legacy of ‘The Color Purple’

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Roslyn Brock wants every generation of her family to see the musical remake

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of “The Color Purple.” So, she is renting out a theater in Dothan, 

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Alabama, on Christmas Day for 165 of her relatives to watch the film together. 

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Everyone, she said, has been asked to wear purple.

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“It’s just a great opportunity for us to introduce this cultural classic to a new

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generation and then to reintroduce it in a different way to those who have seen it before,” Brock said.

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As moviegoers across the country flock to theaters this holiday weekend, many Black Americans are hoping to 

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reconnect with a story that has become a cultural touchstone in the Black community.  

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