Civil Rights & Entertainers | Paris Noir: African-American in the City of Light


National Museum of Women in the ArtsTue, Jul 18, 2017 6:30 PM Sold Out


As lively as the jazz beats of the day, PARIS NOIR follows the footsteps of the influencers: Lt. James Reese Europe and his rollicking 396th Harlem Hellfighters marching band, Josephine Baker, Bricktop and Sidney Bechet. Writers Langston Hughes and Claude McKay are key figures in the film both for what they wrote about France and the connections they made with top writers from France’s Black African and Caribbean colonies. And completing the picture, are the achievements and challenges of artists in Montparnasse, the Art capital world. While the 20s and 30s proved a wonderfully exuberant period for African Americans the film also examines the exploitation and new awareness of people of color from and in France’s vast overseas empire.

Following the film will be a lecture by Julia Browne, producer.

Tuesday, July 18 | 6:30 p.m.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW

Tickets: $12