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The Black Lens: WHEN HARLEM SAVED A KING

DIRECTED BY: Al Cohen and Janet Cohen

 

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Please join us for a post-film Q&A with Voza Rivers, hosted by
Black Lens film series curator Harriette Cole

Patrons are invited to a pre-film reception at 6:30 p.m.



ABOUT THE FILM:

WHEN HARLEM SAVED A KING tells a story not known by most Americans and certainly not taught in school. It examines the events leading up to and following the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was stabbed in the chest with a letter opener by a black woman named Izola Curry. The stabbing occurred on September 20, 1958 during a book signing event for Dr. King’s book, Stride Towards Freedom, at a Harlem department store. Hosted by Fox News Consultant Dr. Jeff Gardere, WHEN HARLEM SAVED A KING will take viewers back to 1958 in a 48 Hours-style mystery to both engage and educate the audience while exploring what was happening in America – and in Harlem in particular – politically and socially in 1958, during the infancy of the civil rights movement. The film includes interviews with several people who were part of Dr. King’s inner circle; members of the medical team that saved him; the family members of Izola Curry; politicians, historians, and journalists, as well as long-forgotten news footage of that day.

ABOUT VOZA RIVERS:

Voza Rivers was commissioned by Harlem Hospital and Touro College to recreate the 1958 attempted assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He hired playwright/director Michael Green to write a script titled "The Day Harlem Saved Dr. King". The play included an outdoor performance in front of Touro College of the attack and an indoor performance of the doctors at Harlem Hospital performing live-saving surgery on Dr. King. Since Rivers knew of a documentary trailer on the same subject produced by Al and Janet Cohen, he reached out to them to include excerpts of their documentary in the re-enactment. At the conclusion of the performances of the play, the Cohens and Rivers decided to work together to complete the film, WHEN HARLEM SAVED A KING.

ABOUT HARRIETTE COLE:

Harriette Cole is the founder of DREAMLEAPERS, a multi-pronged educational platform designed to help people access and activate their dreams. She hosts a weekly radio show on WBAI, entitled DREAMLEAPERS® with Harriette Cole on which she interviews individuals who have successfully manifested their dreams about their journey. Cole is a life stylist, nationally syndicated advice columnist, best-selling author, media trainer and executive presence coach. Clients include BET Networks, Universal Records, Warner Music, Sony Music, ZenithOptimedia, Moxie, Digitas, Cornell University, Thurgood Marshall Academy, National Urban League, and more. She also is the author of seven books about how to live an honorable life, including Jumping the Broom: The African American Wedding Planner.

 

LANGUAGE: English

RATING: NR

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

 

UPCOMING SHOWTIMES:

Thursday, February 27, 2020 -7:00PM


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TICKETS:

9.00-14.50

 

 

 

 
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