(The following announcement is from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library.)
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is pleased to present four documentaries by Steve Crump in honor of Black History Month. The films will run February 6-27, will take place at Main Library (310 North Tryon Street), and will be introduced Crump who is a WBTV reporter and award-winning filmmaker. For more information contact Sam Shapiro at (704) 416-0252.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m.
This film covers the events of February 1st - February 6th 1960, in which four African-American students sat a segregated "whites only" lunch counter in the Greensboro, N.C. Woolworth's store. The screening of this film will mark the 50th anniversary of this famous event. (Some of the participants may attend the screening, and will speak afterwards.)
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
Seventeen months before Rosa Parks refused to surrenderher seat on an Alabama bus in 1955, a little-known Civil Rights heroine named Sarah Mae Flemming refused to obey a similar ordinance on a bus in Columbia, S.C. This film tells her story, which has largely faded from the public's memory.
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
This rousing documentary connects jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, and Thelonius Monk to their North Carolina roots.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m.
In September 1957, a 15 year old African-American girl named Dorothy Counts was admitted to the all-white Harry Harding High School, in Charlotte, N.C. After a week of harassment that threatened her safety, her parents withdrew her from the school. This film documents the historic, incendiary events of that week, and its aftermath. (Dorothy Counts may attend the screening, and will speak afterwards.)
Carolina Be-Bop Kings
Before Rosa: The Unsung Contribution of Sarah Mae Flemming