Thursday, May 26, 2005

Bad News Hits Home

My bro sent me this sad link to this story of a Durham cross-burning from the Daily Kos diaries.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To follow up on the cross burnings in Durham: On the news this morning (6/1) was an announcement that the governor is offering a $10,000 award for information leading to the perpetuators...and various groups continue their important activities for the community. Here's one planned as a "A Community Response to the Recent Cross Burnings in Durham, NC" which includes a documentary film made a few years ago by a local filmmaker that just arrived in my email:

WHAT: Showing of the award winning documentary film, "An Unlikley
Friendship," a panel discussion with local community and civil rights leaders, and community sharing
WHEN: Thursday, June 2, from 7 p.m. ? 9 p.m.
WHERE: B.N. Duke Auditorium at NC Central University
ORGANIZING PARTNERS: Character Development Group, The City of Durham, NC Central University, and Duke University
DONATION: $1.00 to help offset security costs for the event
(Security Note: All attendees will have to go through a metal detector
prior to entry into the building.)

About the documentary film:
"An Unlikley Friendship"

"Their story is one of redemption. It's one of the most important
documentaries I've seen and may be the most hopeful film in years."
Studs Terkel

In the early 1970s, when Durham, N.C., was experiencing acrimonious
racial tensions, Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, the Exalted Grand Cyclops of the Durham Ku Klux Klan, were appointed to co-chair a community committee to resolve problems arising from a court-ordered desegregation of the schools. Through working together and
getting to know each other as humans, they formed a deep and loving friendship that continues to this day. "An Unlikely Friendship" has been
screened at film festivals across the country and is the winner of
several "best documentary short" awards.

"An Unlikely Friendship" is an inspiring film about the remarkable
relationship between an outspoken African-American activist and an
embittered Ku Klux Klansman. The story of the unexpected alliance and lifelong friendship that grows between them is both moving and
empowering. Told in their own words, this rich and compelling story of the common-sense search for common ground and overcoming hatred is as down-to-earth as the protagonists themselves.

Mayor William Bell, Durham (Invited)
Dr. James Ammons, chancellor of NC Central University (Confirmed)
Dr. James Brodhead, president of Duke University (Invited)
Diane Bloom, director and filmmaker of "An Unlikley Friendship"
Ben Reese, vice president in charge of Institutional Equity, Duke University (Confirmed)
Ann Atwater, civil rights activist and one of the stars of "An Unlikley Friendship" (Invited)
Rev. Gene Hatley, pastor of Barbee's Missionary Baptist Church,
president of the Chapel Hill/Carboro Ministerial Alliance, and winner of the 2005 NAACP Community Service Award, Chapel Hill (Confirmed)
Rev. James Pike, pastor of Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church
Mary Ann Black, associate vice president of Community Affairs for
Duke University Health System and former Durham County Commissioner
Larry Holtz, chair of the Durham Human Relations Commission (Invited)