"In 1965, filmmaker Frank De Felitta produced a documentary for NBC News about racial tensions in Greenwood, a small town on the Mississippi Delta, during the height of the Civil Rights movement. While many African-Americans in the town were afraid to meet with the crew, one man threw aside caution and spoke to the camera. Booker Wright—owner of a restaurant called Booker’s Place and a well-known waiter at a prominent “whites only” establishment—delivered a heartfelt and stirring account of the demeaning nature of his work (catering to a demanding white customer base), the prejudices he faced on a daily basis, and his worries about his family’s future. His raw confession, spoken directly into the camera, shocked the people of Greenwood and the nation. Soon after, he lost his two livelihoods, suffered beatings, and was eventually murdered." (2012 Karen Kemmerle)
Monday, March 6, 2017
at 6:30 p.m.
Rock Island High School
1400 25th Ave, Rock Island
**Parking is outside the Little Theatre at 23rd AVE & 15th ST
This community engagement event is Free and open to the public. ( 91-minutes)
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