The NAACP Rome NY Branch presents a special weekend screening at Cinema Capital in Rome on Friday and Saturday, June 18th and 19th at 7:00pm.
The presentation “NAACP Rome Branch Juneteenth Special” is an advance look at the documentary, “The Story of the NAACP Rome NY Branch which outline the history of the organization in Rome NY and its continuing role in advancing civil and human rights issues in Rome and the surrounding community.
Rome NAACP Branch President Jacqueline Nelson: The Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery on January 1, 1863. The Juneteenth Holiday commemorates June 19, 1865 when the news of liberation came to Texas more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was formed in 1909 while the Rome Branch has been serving the Community since 1973 and those efforts continue today. The NAACP Rome Branch Documentary brings to light the past issues facing many people in Rome and the surrounding area, current events, and the NAACP’s role in addressing and resolving discrimination.
The full-length documentary will be released in February 2022. The documentary is funded by a grant from The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and the Norman W. Pelletier Memorial Fund. The Documentary is directed by Rick E Lewis, Executive Producers Jacqueline Nelson and Rick E Lewis, No Budget Productions.
The Friday and Saturday June 18th and 19th screening at the Cinema Capital will be accompanied with the film “NATIONTIME””.
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! NATIONTIME 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.
This special presentation by the Rome Branch of the NAACP at Cinema Capitol is free and open to the public
The Story of the NAACP Rome NY Branch runs 29 minutes and “NATIONTIME” runs 80 minutes.