Special Screening Announced of 'The Barber of Birmingham'
June 17, 2011 - Posted by Jeff Miller
The Leadership Conference Education Fund is co-hosting a special screening for the civil and human rights community of the award-winning documentary, “The Barber of Birmingham,” at 9 a.m. Friday, June 24, in the Mary Pickford Theater at The Library of Congress. The one-hour program is being hosted by Congressman Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi.
“The Barber of Birmingham” documents the story of James Armstrong, a WWII veteran and an original flag bearer for the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march from Selma to Montgomery, who for half a century ran a voter education program out of his barbershop. Despite threats to his life and home, his two sons were the first to integrate an all-White elementary school. And before his death in 2009, he lived to see his dream come true: the election of a Black man as president of the United States.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, won Best Documentary: Short Subject at the Ashland Film Festival, and was screened in Birmingham for a capacity crowd of 2,000. This moving portrait of James Armstrong, one of the foot soldiers of the civil rights movement, reminds us of the untold thousands whose names are not in history books but on whose shoulders we all stand.
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Watch the trailer below or at barberofbirmingham.com/trailer/.