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Was Dallas Really “The City of Hate”?
April 12 Program Features Documentary Screening and Discussion Between Quin Mathews and Bill Minutaglio
Did Dallas deserve the moniker, “The City of Hate” following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963? The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will explore the label given to the city after the president’s death during a special program featuring Dallas filmmaker Quin Mathews and “Dallas 1963” author Bill Minutaglio. “The City of Hate”? will be presented at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, on the Museum’s seventh floor.
The program will begin with a screening of Mathews’ documentary, “City of Hate: Dallas and the Assassination.” Afterward, Mathews and Minutaglio will discuss whether Dallas was unfairly labeled, or if the city’s pockets of extremism and paranoia of the time created an atmosphere that made assassination of the president possible. Tickets for the program are $10 for the program only, or $5 when combined with exhibit admission. Advance tickets are recommended and may be purchased at www.jfk.org. Seating is limited.
Mathews and Minutaglio explore in very different ways the “City of Hate” label that outsiders gave to Dallas following the assassination of President Kennedy. Mathews, a longtime Dallas resident, journalist and filmmaker, presents the story through a personal perspective. On that November morning in 1963, a 13-year-old Mathews saw the president at Love Field; 45 minutes later the president was shot. His documentary, produced in November 2013, sheds light on an era of dark Dallas history using his personal home movies, archival television coverage and photographs, and accounts from local residents who lived through it.
Minutaglio’s “Dallas 1963,” co-authored with Steven L. Davis, presents a gripping narrative of rocketing madness in the American heartland and examines the swirling forces that led many people to warn President Kennedy to avoid Dallas on his fateful trip to Texas. The book features a doomed president, his cunning vice president, the richest man in the world, the most powerful preacher in America, a defrocked military commander, Martin Luther King Jr., a Mafia warlord, the most extreme media mogul in the nation, and the most extreme member of Congress. It was named one of the top non-fiction books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews and one of the best history books by Amazon.
“The City of Hate”? joins a series of special programs presented as part of The Sixth Floor Museum’s 25th anniversary commemoration. In addition to the Museum’s monthly Living History Series, the Museum will present “Dallas Times Herald, 1963: Photographers Remember the Assassination” on November 18. Additional programs are in development.
The Sixth Floor Museum is located at 411 Elm Street in Dallas’ West End District. For more information, go to www.jfk.org or call 214.747.6660.
About the Presenters
Quin Mathews has devoted his life to telling stories. He became a news anchor while still in college and remained in journalism for 21 years. In 1993, he left WFAA-TV to devote full time to Quin Mathews Films. Mathews has shot documentaries around the world on subjects like emerging artists in China, folk churches in Mexico, and solar power in Africa. In 1988, he co-founded the program “Art Matters,” which recently concluded its 25-year run on WRR Classical 101.1. Honors include the Legend Award from the Dallas Contemporary and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Business Council for the Arts.
Bill Minutaglio has been published in the New York Times, Esquire, Newsweek, Texas Monthly and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He spent 18 years at The Dallas Morning News as a senior writer and columnist, and also worked at the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, and Abilene Reporter-News. He is currently a clinical professor of journalism at the University of Texas where he has received The Regents Outstanding Teaching Award. Minutaglio has written acclaimed books about George W. Bush, Molly Ivins, Alberto Gonzales and the 1947 Texas City industrial disaster.
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