Academy Award-winning Teaching Tolerance Film to be Screened At National Archives

The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the National Archives will host a free public screening of a digitally restored version of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s 1994 Academy Award-winning documentary, A Time for Justice, Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with civil rights activist Julian Bond and Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen, moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Nick Kotz.

A Time for Justice captures the spirit of the civil rights movement through historical footage and the voices of those who participated in the struggle. Narrated by Bond, and featuring Rep. John Lewis, the 38-minute film recounts the movement’s most dramatic moments – the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the school crisis in Little Rock, Ark., the violence in Birmingham, Ala., and the triumphant 1965 march for voting rights.

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Teaching Tolerance sends A Time for Justice and accompanying teacher's guide to schools free of charge.
The film, produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program, won the 1995 Oscar® for Best Documentary Short Subject. Teaching Tolerance provided tens of thousands of free copies of the film to schools across the nation when it was originally released in 1994. The National Archives screening marks the release of a digitally restored version of the film that is now available to schools across the country at no charge.
“We are honored to have this important film, about such a significant part of our nation’s history, shown at the National Archives,” said Maureen Costello, director of the Teaching Tolerance program. “With the restored version, we are thrilled to be able to share this story with thousands more teachers and students across the United States.”

A Time for Justice comes with a kit that includes a teaching guide, six classroom lessons and a poster depicting key events of the civil rights movement on a timeline. This film is one of seven classroom documentaries with social justice themes Teaching Tolerance has distributed over its 20 years.

As one of the nation’s leading providers of anti-bias education resources, Teaching Tolerance reaches hundreds of thousands of educators and millions of students annually through its award-winning Teaching Tolerance magazine, multimedia teaching kits, online curricula and professional development resources. These materials are provided to educators at no cost.