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Maya Cade is the inaugural CCDI Scholar-in-Residence and founder and creator of the Black Film Archive. Image Courtesy of Academy Museum Foundation.

Register Today for #BHM Event on Black Film and Tenderness with Maya Cade

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Registration is open for Try a Little Tenderness, a virtual lecture by Maya Cade, Connecting Communities Digital Initiative’s Inaugural Scholar-in-Residence, on Wednesday, February 21 from noon-1pm, EST.

During this lecture, Cade will lead an examination of tenderness in Black Film and unveil her updated website, Black Film Archive, which features culturally and historically significant Black films from 1915 to 1979. Her two-year project with the Library, Black Film Archive: Tenderness in Black Film, seeks to uncover and unpack instances of tenderness in Black film in the Library’s collection and how this tenderness can awaken the senses.

If you are in the Washington, DC area, we invite you to attend in person at the Library’s Pickford Theater on the 3rd floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Please request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6024 or [email protected].

For more information, contact Marya McQuirter, [email protected]. This event is co-sponsored by the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI), an Of the People: Widening the Path program, and the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC).

Register today! And please share widely with friends, family and colleagues.


CCDI is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path program with support from the Mellon Foundation. This program provides fellowships and grants to individuals and institutions for projects that innovate, imagine, and remix Library materials to highlight the stories and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and other communities of color from any of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and its territories and commonwealths (Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands). Learn more about CCDI here.

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