Film: Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

In partnership with the March on Washington Film Festival

Join us for a screening of a classic civil rights documentary and panel discussion to follow. 

Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment is an aston­ish­ingly inti­mate record of a key con­fronta­tion in the U.S. bat­tle for civil rights. When Gov­er­nor George Wal­lace stands in the school­house door to block the admit­tance of two black stu­dents to the all-white Uni­ver­sity of Alabama in 1963, Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy must decide whether to com­mit the power of the pres­i­dency to back racial equal­ity.

Dr. Sharon Mal­one and the Ford Foun­da­tion will host the screen­ing, with intro­duc­tions by NMWA Director Susan Fisher Ster­ling and Gina Adams. A panel dis­cus­sion will follow the screening and includes moderator Michele Norris-Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy.

NMWA’s exhibition American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s will be open prior to the event from 6–7 p.m.


Required. Go to March on Washington Film Festival’s website to reserve your tickets.


Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

Presented in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and NMWA’s exhibition American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s.

National Museum of Women in the Arts