January 6, 2003
Films at the National Archives in February
Washington, DC . . . In February, the National Archives and Records Administration presents film screenings in celebration of African American History Month.
The screenings will be held in Room 105 of the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, and in the auditorium at the National Archives at College Park, located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD. All programs are free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the National Archives at College Park. The times and dates may be verified by calling the National Archives public events line at (201) 501-5000. The hearing impaired should call TDD (202) 501-5404 for information.
Washington, DC Films
Friday, February 7 - African American History
One Shot: The Life and Work of Teenie Harris, 2001. Charles "Teenie" Harris loved taking pictures, and he did so with such ease he was given the nickname "One Shot." From 1931 to 1975, the Pittsburgh Courier photographer combed the streets of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, snapping shots of African American life. Mr. Harris, who died in 1998 at age 89, left behind a valuable legacy: photographs that show the camaraderie, the friendship, and the spirit of community that the mainstream press ignored. Narrated by Roscoe Lee Browne. Produced by Kenneth Love. (56 minutes.) Noon.
Friday, February 21 - African American History
The Negro Soldier, 1944. While serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Second World War, famed Hollywood filmmaker Frank Capra directed this film produced to demonstrate to African American troops their particular stake in the fight against the Axis powers. The film was eventually seen by millions of Americans in civilian theaters. Although The Negro Soldier ignores the discrimination and segregation suffered by African Americans in both the armed forces and civilian life, it nevertheless remains a milestone for the portrayal of African Americans in the American cinema. (45 minutes.) Noon.
College Park, MD Films
Monday, February 10
One Shot: The Life and Work of Teenie Harris (56 minutes.) Noon.
Monday, February 24
The Negro Soldier (45 minutes.) Noon.
For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.