Press Release
Press Release · Friday, January 9, 1998

Press Release
January 9, 1998
February Films at the National Archives Celebrate Black History Month

Washington, DC . . . The National Archives and Records Administration presents a free film series in celebration of Black History Month.

The screenings are held in the theater of the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW and in the auditorium at National Archives II at College Park, which is located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD. All programs are free and open to the public. The times and dates can be verified by calling the National Archives public events line at(202) 501-5000.


Friday, February 6- Black History Series

  • The Music District, 1996. This documentary focuses on the Washington, DC, area and examines four African American musical traditions found there: Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Shout, and Go-Go. Produced and directed by Susan Levitas. (57 minutes.) Noon. Theater.

    Friday, February 13- Black History Series

  • M&M Smith: For Posterity’s Sake, 1996, profiles Morgan and Marvin Smith, twin brothers and prolific African American artists. By 1937 they had opened their own photo studio next door to Harlem’s Apollo Theatre and began 50-year-long careers as painters, still and motion picture film photographers, and community activists. Narrated by Ruby Dee. A film by Heather Lyons. (57 minutes.) Noon. Theater.

    Friday, February 20- Black History Series

  • When We Were Kings, 1996. This acclaimed film about Muhammad Ali and his 1974 boxing match against George Foreman in Zaire won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Culled from over 250 hours of archival film footage, the film also includes interviews with Spike Lee and George Plimpton and musical segments featuring B.B. King and the Pointer Sisters. Directed by Leon Gast. (84 minutes.) Noon. Theater.

    Friday, February 27- Black History Series

  • The Race to Save 100 Years, 1997. This new documentary focuses on the history and the current state of efforts to preserve our motion picture heritage. William Murphy, a NARA motion picture and video archivist, will introduce the film and discuss preservation efforts at the National Archives and Records Administration. (60 minutes.) Noon. Theater. The National Archives thanks Turner Entertainment and The Library of Congress for making this film available.


    Wednesday, February 4

  • The Music District. (57 minutes.) Noon.

    Wednesday, February 11

  • M&M Smith: For Posterity’s Sake. (57 minutes.) Noon.

    Wednesday, February 18

  • When We Were Kings. (84 minutes.) Noon.

    Wednesday, February 25

  • The Race to Save 100 Years. (60 minutes)

    For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or e-mail Public Affairs.


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