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Celebrate the Life of Corky Lee

May 10, 2022 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

The 1882 Foundation, Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), and DC Public Library invite you to join us for a pre-premiere screening of film producer Curtis Chin’s short documentary “Dear Corky,” on the “undisputed, unofficial Asian American photographic laureate” Corky Lee.

The screening will be offered in person only at the newly renovated MLK Library auditorium. After the film, the filmmakers will participate in an in-person panel discussion with leading photojournalists about Corky’s legacy as an AAPI artist with broad connections across communities. This discussion will be livestreamed to virtual attendees.

May 10th marks the anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Corky made annual visits to Promontory Point to photograph the descendants of Chinese workers excluded from the iconic “Champagne Photo,” taken on May 10, 1869, upon the railroad’s completion. Our event, on this date, commemorates Corky’s legacy and his effort to preserve and celebrate the histories and stories of Chinese Americans. As a special commemoration of Corky’s effort at Promontory Summit, there will be a an in-person vimeo screening of “Dear Corky”  in Utah.  For location and timing of Utah pre-screening, contact the Chinese Railroad Worker Descendants Association and the OCA Asian American Advocates Utah.

Schedule in DC:
6:30pm – Sneak preview of “Dear Corky” (in-person only) at MLK Library DC
7:00pm-8:00pm – Panel discussion (in-person at MLK and livestreamed to YouTube)

Date and time

Tue, May 10, 2022

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT


Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

901 G Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20001

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Virtual Link  www.youtube.com/dcpl1

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May 10, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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