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In January 1961, a group of young men were arrested in Rock Hill, South Carolina, following a peaceful attempt to desegregate the McCrory’s lunch counter.

Explore Counter Histories

We are proud to share Counter Histories, a film series that documents the 1960s struggle to desegregate Southern restaurants.

Remembering Rudy Lombard

Rudy Lombard’s work helped desegregate the New Orleans table. It also preserved the stories from cooks whose work was seen and not heard.

Ta-Nehisi Coates at #SFA14

Stay tuned as we share video of the presentations from our 2014 fall Symposium. First up is Ta-Nehisi Coates, who delivered the Friday afternoon invocation.

Director’s Cut: A Bronzeville Lunch

Paul Fehribach, the chef and co-owner of the restaurant Big Jones in Chicago, wrote me a letter after returning home from the SFA Summer Symposium in Jackson, Mississippi.

A Helping of Gravy: Will Campbell’s All-Purpose Sauce

This article first appeared in issue #53 of our Gravy quarterly.  Will Campbell’s All-Purpose Sauce Reverend Will D. Campbell was a longtime defender of Civil Rights. A native of Amite County, Mississippi, he was the author of, among other works, Brother to a Dragonfly. He served briefly as chaplain of the University of Mississippi, before leaving amid … Continued

Field Notes: Counter Histories Durham

Pictured above, left to right, are Jesse Paddock, Virginia Williams, and David Hambridge. Jesse and David are working with SFA collaborator Kate Medley to make the Durham, North Carolina, installment of our Counter Histories film series.

Call for Filmmakers: Counter Histories Series

In 2014, the SFA marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act with a series of documentary films telling the stories of lunch-counter sit-ins across the South.