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Juneteenth Special Presented by the Rome NAACP

Cinema Capitol and The NAACP Rome Branch presents a Juneteenth Special with an advance look at the documentary “The Story of the NAACP Rome NY Branch” which outlines the history of the NAACP in Rome, NY and its continuing role in advancing civil and human rights issues in Rome and our larger community.

The history of Juneteenth has become more widely known in recent years, but still there is much to be discussed about the many instances of civil progress made and the delay that frequently follows the observance of that progress. As the bitter, seminal instance of this delay, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery on January 1, 1863 while the Juneteenth Holiday commemorates June 19, 1865 when the news of liberation came to Texas more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was evoked. In 1909 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was formed as a continuation of the lineage that would assure that the hard fought freedoms and liberties fought for by the earliest civil rights activists would be a realized in every day life for all people. In 1973 that effort was made tangible for Rome residents when the Rome Branch of the NAACP was formed. The Rome Branch has been serving the Community for over 48 years and those efforts continue today.

We are excited to preview segments of the new documentary which will bring to light the past issues that necessitated the NAACP’s presence in Rome as well as current events, and the NAACP’s role in addressing and resolving discrimination for all.

On Friday and Saturday, June 18th and 19th at 7:00pm we will be screening the new doc before the feature length documentary, “NATIONTIME” which tells the story of the 1972 Black Political Convention, a mirror to the national discussion of race and the era of the civil rights movement that our local NAACP branch was borne out of! NATUONTIME collects black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, and H. Carl McCall. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time and has since circulated only in an edited 58-minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, returns the film to its original 80-minute length and visual quality.

In celebration of Juneteenth The NAACP Rome Branch and Cinema Capitol are offering free admission to both showtimes Friday June 18 at 7:00pm and Saturday, June 19th at 700pm. Due to COVID restrictions seating is limited and all those looking to attend should email [email protected] and request tickets be set aside–limit two per caller. The Capitol Box office is still not operating at 100% hours, so, your patience and understanding is very much appreciated.