Crisis at National Archives Tuesday, July 29

More than half a century after it premiered on television, the National Archives invites contemporary audiences to view Robert Drew’s 1963 documentary, Crisis, in conjunction with the March on Washington Film Festival. The film chronicles President Kennedy’s battle with Alabama Gov. George Wallace over the integration of the University of Alabama, and because equal access continues to be an issue on college campuses—the University of Alabama made national headlines this year when its student senate killed a resolution that would support integration of its fraternities and sororities—the documentary remains rife with talking points. Accordingly, the Archives has brought in a team of heavy hitters to speak about the film: NPR’s Michele Norris will moderate a discussion between retired news anchor Dan Rather, Wallace’s daughter Peggy Wallace Kennedy, and Dr. Sharon Malone, the sister of Vivian Malone Jones, the first African-American woman to enroll at Alabama. They’ll speak from personal experience, offering lessons that might help us learn from history rather than blindly repeat it. The film shows at 7 p.m. at the National Archives McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. (202) 357-5000. archives.gov.

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