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Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Film)
  • Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Wednesday, July 30, 2014
  • Time: 11:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

A landmark in American documentary films, Robert Drew’s cinéma vérité work Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963; 52 minutes) chronicles how President John F. Kennedy, along with his brother Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, clashed with Alabama Governor George Wallace over racial integration at the University of Alabama in 1963.

Following the screening, Michele Norris Johnson will moderate a discussion featuring Jill DrewCharlayne Hunter-GaultPeggy Wallace Kennedy, Dr. Sharon Malone, and Dan Rather, with a performance by Garrick Jordan.

This program is presented by the National Archives in partnership with the 2014 March on Washington Film Festival.

Reserve a seat

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live on YouTube. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.