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Special Preview Screening of The Best of Enemies

William G. McGowan Theater
Washington, DC

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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Based on a true story, The Best of Enemies centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C. P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader, who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit about desegregation of schools in Durham, NC, during the racially charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever. The Best of Enemies opens in theaters nationwide April 5, 2019. This screening is presented by the 2020 One Woman One Vote Festival with the support of the National Archives Foundation.

Congressman G. K. Butterfield of North Carolina will introduced the film, and following the screening, civil rights activist and journalist Courtland Cox will moderate a discussion with Osha Gray Davidson, the author of the source book, and Lottie Joiner, editor-in-chief of the NAACP’s magazine, The Crisis.

Rightfully Hers, a new exhibit to mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment, will open this year. Rightfully Hers is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, AT&T, Ford Motor Company Fund, Facebook, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, Google, HISTORY®, and Jacqueline B. Mars.

All events listed in the calendar are free unless noted.