A Class Apart — 2009, NR, 60 minutes. In 1951 in the town of Edna, Texas, a field hand named Pedro Hernández murdered his employer after exchanging words at a gritty cantina. From this seemingly unremarkable small-town murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would forever change the lives and legal standing of tens of millions of Americans. A team of unknown Mexican American lawyers took the case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court, where they successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement — 2011, NR, 25 minutes. Mr. James Armstrong is a barber, a “foot soldier” and a dreamer whose barbershop in Birmingham, Alabama has been a hub for haircuts and civil rights since 1955. “The dream” of a promised land, where dignity and the right to vote belongs to everyone is documented in photos, headlines and clippings that cram every inch of wall space.
A moderated discussion with special guests will follow the films which will be shown consecutively without an intermission.
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Program begins at 7 pm. Tickets are FREE to the general public and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis beginning at 6:30 pm. The auditorium seats 248.