National Archives at Kansas City

The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords Documentary Film Screening and Discussion


Kansas City (MO)… On Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives in partnership with the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group and the American Jazz Museum, will host a film screening and discussion of The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords.  A free light reception will precede the program at 6:00 p.m.  

In this award-winning PBS documentary, archival footage and photographs are skillfully juxtaposed with interviews with editors, photographers, and reporters from African-American newspapers, who toiled on the front lines to give voice to a culture disenfranchised by white media. It recounts the largely forgotten stories of generations of Black journalists who risked life and livelihood so African Americans could represent themselves in their own words and images. This film is produced and directed by Stanley Nelson, Jr. This program is part of a film series presented in collaboration with the American Jazz Museum and the  Greater KC Black History Study Group.

Reservations are requested for this free program. 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   

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