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Filmmakers to launch national discussion on race from Charleston

Mayor Joe Riley announced the upcoming event Monday. (Photo Source: Live 5) Mayor Joe Riley announced the upcoming event Monday. (Photo Source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Two Emmy Award winning filmmakers will lead a national discussion on race that is set to launch in Charleston.

Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will host the special evening in Dec. 9 at the Gaillard Auditorium..

Mayor Joe Riley said Burns contacted him after the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting and asked how he could help the community.

Riley said Burns will talk about his upcoming documentary on Jackie Robinson and Gates will discuss his new documentary about America since Martin Luther King, Jr.

The proceeds will go towards the International African American Museum here in Charleston.

"We're very proud to have this first national series here in our community," Riley said. "We're very proud to say that this has been done to benefit the International African American Museum."

Riley says tickets to the event, which went on sale Monday at the Gaillard Auditorium, will be $25 dollars for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

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