Join Averett University’s Black Student Union for a screening of The Movement, a documentary telling the courageous story of the leaders and hundreds of protestors that took to the streets in the summer of 1963 and risked their lives in a coordinated effort to end segregation in the Last Capital of the Confederacy.
From the early days of the struggle to the historic March on Washington, the documentary traces the Civil Rights struggle in Danville that led to Bloody Monday—when armed police officers, firefighters and deputized garbage collectors turned high-powered hoses and batons on protestors kneeling in prayer. The carnage resulted in dozens of injuries and sent shockwaves through the nation, leading Martin Luther King Jr. to visit the small city four times in a span on nine months, declaring the Danville Police Department one of the most brutal forces in the south.
With first-person accounts of the marches and mayhem that followed, The Movement is the inspiring true story of a people oppressed, their relentless pursuit of freedom and the healing that happened along the way.
Be sure to stick around for a discussion following the screening moderated by Karice Luck-Brimmer, Community Initiatives Program Associate at Virginia Humanities.