Theater Arts,

When The New York Times, followed by The Washington Post and other newspapers, published Pentagon Papers-based articles they were exercising freedom of the press that was affirmed in 1971 in The New York Times Company v. United States and in United States v. The Washington Post et. al. The movie, The Post, tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, the leak of thousands of pages of “Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Task Force,” and Katharine Graham’s decision to publish articles based in them.

The arts have shaped and been integral to cultures across the centuries. National, state and local government support and fund the arts, but not without scrutiny. Media has many approaches to inform citizens of fine and performing arts events.

America through the African American lens encourages a visit to the new Smithsonian museum on the National Mall, interaction with artifacts there and in your community, and dialogue with our history and culture.

President Lincoln is assassinated and a nation mourns just as its jubilation had begun. The end of the Civil War is not the end of political, economic and social battles. Reconstruction continues the debates over relationships between federal and state authority, master and slave, industrial and agrarian societies.