Free screening of Oscar-nominated 'The Barber of Birmingham' happens Wednesday
On Wednesday, doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the film will screen at 7 p.m.; and the discussion begins at 7:30 p.m.
“The Barber of Birmingham,” produced and directed by Fryday and Gail Dolgin, documents the story of James Armstrong, a WWII veteran and an original flag bearer for the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march from Selma to Montgomery, who for half a century ran a voter education program out of his barbershop.
Armstrong was the catalyst in initiating the 1957 class-action lawsuit to integrate area schools after wanting to enroll his sons in the all-white Graymont Elementary school. Despite threats to his life and home, his two sons were the first to integrate the school. Speaking to his dedication to the cause, and to his persistence in the fight for equal rights, he’s quoted as saying “Dying isn’t the worst thing a man can do. The worst thing a man can do is nothing.”