July 12, 2013
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NPR KICKS OFF COMMUNITY EVENTS AT NPR HQ:
SCREENING 'THE BLACK PRESS: SOLDIERS WITHOUT SWORDS,' FRIDAY, JULY 19 AT 6PM (ET)

MICHELE NORRIS HOSTS FREE EVENT WITH PANEL DISCUSSION
FEATURING LAURA MURPHY, JULIAN BOND & TERENCE SAMUEL

- In August 1963, 250,000 people descended on the National Mall for the largest human rights demonstration in U.S. history: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Nearly 50 years later and a few blocks north, NPR opens its doors for a free public event inspired by the journalists that gave voice to that pivotal period in the Civil Rights Movement. On Friday, July 19 at 6PM (ET), NPR presents its first community event at its new headquarters - a free screening of the documentary The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, followed by a panel discussion led by NPR host and special correspondent Michele Norris. Tickets to the free event are limited and will be filled on a first come first served basis; reserve a seat now at events.npr.org.

The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, a documentary examining the growth, history and impact of black media since the 1800s, will kick-start a conversation with attendees and special guests: politician, professor and writer Julian Bond; ACLU Washington Legislative Office Director Laura Murphy; and Washington Post National Political Editor Terence Samuel. The discussion will be moderated by Norris, whose Race Card Project fosters wider conversation about race in America on the radio, online and in communities nationwide. Guests will have the opportunity to fill out their own Race Card at the event. Pre-screening activities, including refreshments and live music, will be available in the lobby of NPR at 1111 North Capitol St. NE beginning at 4:30PM (ET). The screening is being held in tandem with the March on Washington Film Festival, which is offering a series of free film screenings throughout the city this month.

The July 19 screening is the first public gathering held at NPR's new worldwide headquarters and launches a new tradition of live community events. NPR also offers public tours each weekday at 11AM (ET); the NPR Commons, a brick-and-mortar version of the popular online NPR Shop; and a performance studio.

The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, from award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, premiered on PBS in 1999 and was accepted by the Sundance Film Festival the same year. It offers a comprehensive look at the history and contributions of the black press, from the rise of Freedom's Journal in 1827, through the height of the civil rights era, and the later decline in African-American-owned and -operated newspapers.

NPR Community Event: Soldiers Without Swords
Michele Norris hosts an evening screening of the documentary "The Black Press: Soldiers With-out Swords" followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Laura Murphy, Julian Bond and Terence Samuel. This is the first public gathering held at NPR's new worldwide headquarters.

Date: Friday, July 19, 2013
Time: Doors open at 4:30PM (ET) / Screening at 6PM (ET)
Location: NPR Headquarters
1111 North Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC, 20002
Tickets: Reserve a free seat online, here events.npr.org
Getting there: NPR HQ is accessible by Metro, located a few blocks from the NOMA - Gallaudet U/New York Ave stop on the Red Line. Bike racks and limited metered street parking are also available in the area.