If We So Choose: Screening February 28 in Athens, GA


Residents of Atlanta and Athens know what to do when they hear phrase, “What’ll ya have?” At the Varsity, a famed drive-in, the response can vary. Some want an F.O. and strings (that’s a frosted orange and french fries). Others want red dogs or yellow dogs (hot dogs with ketchup or mustard). Or, if a guest is in a hurry and knows the lingo, he might answer that he wants an “MK Dog walking”—that’s a hot dog with mustard and ketchup to go. The Varsity has been home to prom dates, homecoming crowds (for both UGA and Georgia Tech), and even a wedding reception (or three). It’s perhaps the best known drive-in in the South.

Perhaps lesser known, however, is the story of the Varsity’s integration during the Civil Rights Movement. In the short documentary If We So Choose, filmmakers introduce the individuals who were part of the sit-ins and give a history of their effort. The film will screen at the Athens-Clarke County Library at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring some of the protestors. Mayor Denson, of Athens, will read a proclamation recognizing their efforts. The event is free and the public is invited.