Civil Rights Documentary Coming to Springfield College

Shawn McFarland
Sports Editor
@McFarland_Shawn

You know the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous ‘I have a Dream’ speech. You know Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycotts. But what you may not know of is a turbulent 18-month race battle in America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Fla.

On Thursday, Jan. 4, filmmaker Clennon King will be showing the documentary he wrote, filmed and produced in the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge room of the Flynn Campus union at 6 p.m.

“I’m excited to be sharing this major civil rights story where people from Massachusetts played a role,” King said in a press release. “In the racially-charged atmosphere America now finds itself in, this film is both timely and relevant – giving us a chance to mark history, so as not to repeat it.”

More than 45 voices will help tell the story of one of the bloodiest battles in the history of the Civil Rights movement. From Civil Rights leaders to Klu Klux Klan members, King brings a wide variety of perspectives to the film.

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion, featuring King, Springfield College professor Marty Dobrow, and St. Augustine Civil Rights veteran Mimi Jones. Both the screening and the panel are free and open to the public.

 

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