Filmmaker Ken Burns and Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., bring race talk to the National Press Club, March 14

11 Feb, 2016, 11:53 ET from National Press Club

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Acclaimed Emmy Award winning filmmaker Ken Burns joined by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., will talk about race in America at a National Press Club luncheon March 14.

The history of race has captured the attention of both men and now Burns and Gates have teamed up to host a national lecture series that takes a deeper dive on the issue. The two were brought together following the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina last year.

Both Burns and Gates each has films coming out on PBS in April. Burns' film "Jackie Robinson" takes a look at the life and times of the man known for breaking the color barrier in baseball. Gates's film "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise" looks at the walls that continue to divide the United States.

The Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. EST. Remarks will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by going HERE. The cost of luncheon admission is $24 for National Press Club members and $38 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation.

Ruth Mohamed: 202-662-7561
rmohamed@press.org

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