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April 7, 2009

National Archives Holds Event on African American History April 22

Screening and discussion of new PBS documentary Legacy: Black & White in America

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Washington, DC. . . On Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 PM., the National Archives will present a screening and panel discussion on the upcoming PBS documentary on African American History Legacy: Black & White in America.  The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW, and is fully accessible.

The 90-minute documentary (airing later this spring on PBS) examines the political rise of President Barack Obama against the backdrop of changing racial attitudes in America. The film presents two parallel stories—the story of African American life today and the story of the Civil Rights generation—to clarify the successes and failures of racial integration in America and what it reveals about our democracy and national character.

The film’s producer, Richard Karz, will introduce a 75-minute excerpt of the film, which will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Ronald Walters, director of the African American Leadership Center at the University of Maryland. The distinguished panel will include the Reverend Joseph E. Lowery, who delivered the stirring benediction at President Obama’s inauguration, and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

Seating for this program is on a first-come, first-served basis.  The National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. is Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. The public should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.

To verify the date and times of the programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events.  To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please email public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 two weeks prior to the event.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-501-5526.

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