Getty Museum host special screening and panel discussion
On Tuesday, March 16, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles will be exploring the role that race plays in American life and culture. The special event will be featuring a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, Legacy: Black and White in America followed by a panel discussion on the legacy of race and civil rights in the arts. The panel is being moderated by the cultural commentator Lawrence Weschler and includes the artists Kerry James Marshall and Daniel Joseph Martinez, museum studies professor
Nizan Shaked, and the filmmaker Richard Karz.
Legacy: Black and White in America examines the political rise of Barack Obama against the backdrop of African-American history and culture. The film presents two parallel stories-the story of African-American life today and the story of the Civil Rights generation-to clarify the successes and failures of racial integration in America and what they reveal about our democracy and national character.
In a nation that is deeply divided not only by race but also by religion, politics, and class, Legacy is about the ongoing need for integration and wholeness as part of Dr. King’s beloved community. It is about racial division in America as a metaphor for conflicts and tensions that define us as a civilization and as human beings, conflicts that have fueled our rise to global supremacy but that undermine our future. It is about a new generation of leaders forged from the black experience in America and poised to make the dream of the Civil Rights Movement and the promise of democracy and pluralism a reality.
Legacy was first broadcast on PBS and was updated and expanded for limited theatrical release in April 2009. The National Council of Negro Women and the
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation are presenters of a series of Legacy screening/discussions that have been taking place across the country. These events have included the National Archives in Washington, D.C., the Washington Convention
Center, Harvard University, the Philadelphia Convention Center, Emory University, and the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City.
For additional information, please go to the following web-links to view the trailer,