This year’s Fabric of Freedom events kick off September 2 at the very place the sit-in movement began: the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, located in the former F.W. Woolworth building.
If We So Choose, a film about Athens civil rights history, will screen at the Athens-Clarke County Library at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 28. It will be followed by a panel discussion featuring some of the protestors who took part in Varsity sit-ins.
We are proud to share Counter Histories, a film series that documents the 1960s struggle to desegregate Southern restaurants.
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.
Today, we caught up with Kate Medley—a documentarian of food culture and the series director of Counter Histories—about her vision for the series.
“Our mission for the Counter Histories film series is to document the great impact that lunch counter sit-ins had during the Civil Rights Movement. In reflecting the past, we also hope to demonstrate the present-day relevance of these stories,” said Kate.
In preparation for next weekend’s summer symposium, we’ve been reading up on sit-ins during the Civil Rights movement. Though these protests—along with a host of other “-ins,” including swim-ins, read-ins and pray-ins— were characterized by nonviolent resistance, they weren’t always met on those same terms. Case in point: the above picture from 1964 St. Augustine, … Continued
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