Passage at St. Augustine by Clennon L. King (2015, 59 min.). While Birmingham’s dogs and water hoses produced JFK’s Civil Rights bill, few know that a mean little Florida tourist town made it law of the land. Passage at St. Augustine tells the story of the little-known Florida campaign, which dominated the headlines in the spring and early summer of ‘64.Nearly half a century after the battle ended, filmmakers returned to capture the voices and stories of those who fought on the front lines – from civil rights field lieutenants and foot soldiers to segregationists and Klansmen. With the help of Oval Office phone conversations, riveting archival footage and the recall of victims and perpetrators alike, this film weaves a compelling tapestry about a sleeper campaign thrust onto the world stage. And while hardly a footnote in the annals of civil rights history, what unfolded in this town named for an African bishop helped break one of the longest filibusters in the history of this country, and roundly leveraged passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of ’64. Discussion with director follows screening.
Black Lives Matter by Lovely Hoffman (3 min.). On the heals of the indictment of Police Officers throughout the country including, New York City, Ferguson and Baltimore, R&B artist and actress, Lovely Hoffman, releases the music video, ‘Black Lives Matter.’ The song and video is a powerful anthem that bridges the current day struggle of the value of black life with the historical Civil Rights movement.