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Ever mindful of North Carolina's vital role in the important lessons and meaningful changes resulting from the American Civil Rights Movement, the Carolina Theatre of Durham will host a free-to-the-public screening of February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four — the stirring documentary about the landmark lunch counter sit-in protest by Ezell Blair, David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil in 1960 — in the venue's Fletcher Hall on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m.
A 2003 film by Rebecca Cerese and Steven Channing, February One is told through the first-hand accounts of those citizens who experienced the four brave college freshmen protest segregation practices at a Greensboro Woolworth's in 1960. The documentary has been nationally broadcast on Independent Lens on PBS and at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The film is often screened for high school students through the Carolina Theatre's Arts Discovery Educational Series as an instructive primer on the Civil Rights Movement.
The free screening was made possible through a generous grant from PNC, the major sponsor of the Carolina Theatre's Civil Rights Exhibit.
"For 18 years, this remarkable film — February One — has been included in our Arts Discovery Educational Program and every year it sells out," Carolina Theatre Director of Education & Community Engagement Noel James said. "This film truly captures the spirit and courage of these four young African American men, Ezell Blair, David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil, in their fight for social justice. Their actions reflect pivotal moments in the American Civil Rights Movement that changed American history and their lives forever,"
Prior to the free screening, Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc., the nonprofit that operates the city-owned venue, will note its own Civil Rights history with a posthumous tribute to Carl Whisenton and former Durham Mayor Wense Grabarek, both of whom passed away in mid-December. Mayor Grabarek was an ally to the nonviolent protesters who helped successfully desegregate the Carolina Theatre in the 1960s; Mr. Whisenton co-chaired the Civil Rights Exhibit Committee formed by the nonprofit in 2012 to create a permanent exhibit telling the story of the theatre's desegregation in the righteous voice of the vigilant and peaceful protestors.
The Carolina Theatre's Civil Rights Exhibit opened in 2013 on the second balcony level of the downtown Durham venue and is open to the public. Free tours may be scheduled through the venue's box office at (919) 560-3040.
"This public screening is particularly important to our Triangle and Triad communities as it reminds us of our civil and social responsibilities to one another," Carolina Theatre President & CEO Rebecca Newton said. "The documentary, the tribute to Mr. Whisenton and Mayor Grabarek, and the Civil Rights Exhibit serve as testaments to the importance of standing united against racism, intolerance and discrimination. We are honored to serve as a pillar of our diverse community."
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