National Archives at Kansas City

-20th Century Civil Rights and Liberties- Film Series with GKCBHSG at the National Archives

Press Release: September 15, 2015

National Archives at Kansas City

20th Century Civil Rights and Liberties Film Series with GKCBHSG at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Thursday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will launch a new film series in partnership with the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group, with the screening of Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. A free light reception will precede the films at 6:00 p.m.

This film is the first in a series beginning October 2015 and concluding in June 2016. Each film screening will include post-film discussion with local scholars. Below is a list of all the films in the series. All film programs begin at 6:30 p.m.

-October 1, 2015 - Free Angela and All Political Prisoners - Film and discussion in recognition of the 45th anniversary of the arrest of Angela Davis, an American political activist, scholar, and author.

-December 1, 2015Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings - The beginnings of the U.S. civil rights struggle is profiled, including the Emmett Till murder trial, the Rosa Parks arrest, and the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott.

-February 4, 2016- Spies of Mississippi – The film highlights Freedom Summer in 1964 and the group known as the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission. The Commission was a state-funded spy agency which infiltrated the civil rights coalition and their most potent weapon was a cadre of black operatives.

-April 21, 2016-In Search of History: The Night Tulsa Burned - Features Tulsa’s Greenwood District, the site of one of the most violent race riots in American history. More than 300 people were killed and 1,200 homes destroyed after an elevator encounter between two teenagers led to destruction of the “Black Wall Street.”

-June 9, 2016 - The Power Broker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights – This is the story of Whitney Young who served as director of the National Urban League and advised Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon on many issues. Yet his close ties with powerful whites sometimes came at a cost, including an attempted assassination described as part of a “black revolutionary plot.” Others often called him “Whitey” Young, and mocked him as “the Wall Street of the civil rights movement.”

To make a reservation for any of the free films in the series call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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