The Cazenovia Public Library will host free pubic screenings of two award-winning documentaries commemorating the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement and their personal battles for social justice. The films will be presented in anticipation of Changing America a traveling exhibition presented by the National Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum, June 4-July 14. These events are collaborations with POV, the award-winning independent nonfiction film series on PBS (www.pbs.org/pov).
In conjunction with the screening of Brother Outsider and the exhibition Changing America, the Library will screen another inspiring POV documentary film: Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday’s The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement. In this 2011 Oscar-nominated short film, Alabama barber and civil rights veteran James Armstrong experiences the fulfillment of an unimaginable dream: the election of the first African-American president. An Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortia(http://www.pbs.org/pov/barber/).
The film offers an excellent jumping off point for group discussion around questions of democracy and patriotism in the face of adversity.
All events at the Cazenovia Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information on these and other Library events, call 655-9322 or visitwww.cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.