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Film Screening & Discussion: Amazing Grace

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Allen Chapel AME Church

2498 Alabama Ave. SE

Washington, DC 20020

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REGISTRATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT. SEATING IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM - Allen Chapel AME Church

In early 1972 at the age of 29, Aretha Franklin performed a live gospel concert over two nights at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in the infamous Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The concert, which was filmed and directed by Oscar winner Sydney Pollack (Tootsie, Out of Africa) would lay in obscurity for over 30 years never to be seen in theaters. In Spring 2019, the film, titled Amazing Grace was finally released in theaters to nationwide acclaim. The film's soundtrack would become the biggest selling disc of Franklin's career as well as the highest selling live gospel music album of all time. It also won the 1973 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance. Although a Detroit native, Franklin had a strong affiliation to DC, having performed in the nation's capital numerous occasions including at the inauguration of three U.S. presidents.

The museum invites you to view this amazing film tribute to the "Queen of Soul" on August 16th, the one-year anniversary of Franklin's death.

This program is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and presented in partnership with Allen Chapel AME Church, and in collaboration with the Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC).

This special program is being presented in recognition of Smithsonian Year of Music 2019.

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For more information call 202.633.4844.


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