Friday, October 19, 2007

Wilmington Poster Ready: Download and print for Dare Not Walk Alone

Greetings to supporters in North Carolina...the self-print poster for the Wilmington screening on the 7th of November is now available to download. (Adobe Acrobat pdf format) Note that you need to click here to download and not on the picture on the left.

If this is your first time, here's the deal: You can download and print this one page flier as much as you like as long as you use the copies to promote the film, handing them out at church, posting in coffee shops, supermarket bulletin boards, etc. Just don't violate any local ordinances, etc.

We'd also like to reach out to Jacksonville, NC, Onslow County, and the brave men and women of Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station. Indeed, Wilmngton is not too far for the good folks of Fayetteville and Fort Bragg to drive over and watch a movie that matters. Because, if we can sell out this screening, we will be letting North Carolina and the whole country know that people do care about issues of social justice and racial equality.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

We Play Cucalorus, Wilmington, NC Wednesday, Nov 7 at 1:00PM.

We just got word from THINKFilm that the Cucalorus festival screening in Wilmington, North Carolina will be on Wednesday, November 7 at 1:00 PM. This is not yet listed on the Cucalorus festival site.

The location is Thalian Hall which has a "black box" style Studio Theatre. Thalian hall forms the east wing of Wilmington's City Hall and is located 4 blocks east of the Cape Fear River in Wilmington's historic central business district. It may be accessed from 3rd, Princess, 4th, or Chestnut Streets. The official entrance is 310 Chestnut St. There is more about the location here.

We know this is a tough slot to play, so please, if you know folks in the Wilmington are, urge them to attend if they possibly can.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Columbus Day? How about Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose day?

Do they teach this in school?

2007 is the 320th anniversary of the first recorded escaped slaves entering St. Augustine, Florida (eight men, two women and a child).

The Spanish governor of Florida refused to return them to Carolina and hired the men to work on the Castillo de San Marcos for wages. Thus began the long history of St. Augustine as a center of African American freedom.

In time, as more slaves escaped to St. Augustine, the Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose was established, known today as Fort Mose, now one of the newest of Florida's state parks. This unique settlement included a four-sided fort, houses and fields, and was home to the Fort Mose militia, an arms-bearing African American homeland security force.

Fort Mose became the northern defense post for St. Augustine. When British General James Oglethorpe of Georgia attacked St. Augustine in 1740, Fort Mose militia men fought bravely in defense of St. Augustine leading to Oglethorpe's retreat.

So what does this have to do with Dare Not Walk Alone and civil rights protests in the sixties? As JT Johnson of the SCLC, one of those protestors, explains in the movie, St. Augustine stood out in 1964 as a place where African Americans were prepared to make a stand for their rights. It was at the forefront of the anti-segregation movement. The long and rich history of black freedom in the city may well have had something to do with that.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Students Speak Out on Racism

We would like to applaud the students of Carnegie Mellon University, and students around the country, for making their voices heard on the issue of racism. Those of us who marched against racism in the sixties have long wondered what it would take to get students back on the streets in the peaceful pursuit of greater social justice. The case of the Jena 6 may be the answer. What do you think?