Noted filmmakers visit Charleston to discuss race

Filmmakers Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates Jr.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Filmmakers Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates Jr. are visiting Charleston for a discussion about race in a city where nine black parishioners were gunned down at a black church.

The Wednesday event is entitled “American Fault Line: Race and the American Ideal” and is one of a number of such events the filmmakers are holding around the country before the April premieres of their new PBS films.

Burns’ film is on Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in major league baseball. Gates has hosted, directed and produced a four-hour film on blacks in America since Martin Luther King Jr.

The proceeds from the Wednesday night event benefit the International African American Museum, planned for a location in Charleston where thousands of slaves first set foot in the nation.

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