Civil rights movie screening tonight

A new documentary to be screened in Newnan tonight recalls events of the Civil Rights era at the University of Alabama.

The Newnan Cultural Arts Commission is hosting a screening of the documentary "Three Days at Foster" at 7 p.m. at the Wadsworth Auditorium in downtown Newnan, with a reception at the Depot History Center immediately following.

“Three Days at Foster” tells the powerful true story about the integration of sports at the University of Alabama in the shadow of segregationist Governor George Wallace’s stand in the schoolhouse door.

On June 11, 1963, Wallace fulfilled a campaign pledge by blocking the entrance of Foster Auditorium in a symbolic attempt to prevent the admission of two African-American students. But he planted his feet on the wrong side of history.

After Wallace finally yielded to federal authority, Vivian Malone and James Hood registered for classes without incident, shattering an important barrier while marking a pivotal milepost in the civil rights movement. Much less is known about the athletic pioneers who came after Malone and Hood — attacking the last bastion of segregation.

The feature-length documentary film, written and directed by local sports author Keith Dunnavant, focuses on several barrier-shattering athletes, including some who have never spoken publicly about their experiences: Danny Treadwell, a one-time civil rights protester who integrated the state basketball tournament at Foster; Dock Rone, Andrew Pernell, and Arthur Dunning, who walked on to the all-white Alabama football team in 1967 but have largely been lost to history; Wendell Hudson, UA’s first African-American scholarship athlete; and Wilbur Jackson, the first black man signed by Paul “Bear” Bryant’s football program.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, which includes the reception, where those attending will have the opportunity to meet members of the film's creative team and enjoy light refreshments.

Tickets are available at Let Them Eat Toffee, The Redneck Gourmet, Morgan’s Jewelers in Ashley Park and the Bank of North Georgia at Thomas Crossroads. Tickets also are available online at http://newnanculture.bpt.me .

For more information, contact NCAC Chairperson Dave Dorrell at 770-301-2875 or email newnanculture@gmail.com .



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