Western History & Genealogy Blog
Seldom Screened Cinema Presents: Scenes from the Diaspora
The Seldom Screened Cinema series is coming to an end, but we have a special double featured planned for Monday, December 10th, 6p.m at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. Join us as we explore the lives and contributions of two unknown but uniquely pivotal figures of the Civil Rights Movement.
Special Double Feature:
Alice's Ordinary People (2012) A documentary about Alice Tregay – a woman who refused to stand still for injustice and brought others together to change what was. It’s Alice’s story of the ordinary people who effected extraordinary change and advanced the endless struggle for human rights and dignity. It’s an inspiration to current and future generations, as they take up the mantle and continue the fight. Unrated
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement (2011) This documentary short film is about James Armstrong, the Birmingham, AL barber whose involvement in civil rights and racial activism spanned nearly forty years. The program opens on the day before Election Day in 2008 as 85-year-old Armstrong remembers the "terrible days" of the civil rights movement, and reflects on his happiness at seeing a black presidential candidate. The documentary raises questions about democracy and patriotism in the face of adversity, and the vigilance and action required to ensure continued forward movement to end racial injustice. 25 min, Unrated.