The following announcement is circulating by e-mail:
A Community Response to the Recent Cross Burnings in Durham, NC
An Unlikely Friendship, an award-winning documentary film, will be shown in conjunction with a panel discussion with local community and
civil rights leaders.
When: Thursday, June 2nd from 7:00 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 9:00 pm
Where: B.N. Duke Auditorium at NC Central University in Durham
Donation: $1.00 to help offset security costs for the event
Organizing Partners: Character Development Group, The City of Durham, NC Central University, and Duke University
Contacts: Stacy Shelp-Peck, Character Development Group (919) 967-2110 or email@example.com
Security Note: All attendees will have to go through a metal detector prior to entry into the bldg.
About An Unlikely 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." Ã‚ÂStuds Terkel
In the early 1970's, when Durham, N.C., was experiencing acrimonious racial tensions, Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist, and CP 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.
Panel Members and Special Guests:
Mayor William V. Bell Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Durham Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Invited
Dr. James Ammons - Chancellor NC Central University Ã¢â‚¬â€œConfirmed
Dr. Richard Brodhead Ã¢â‚¬â€œ President of Duke University -Invited
Diane Bloom Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Director and Filmmaker of An Unlikely Friendship - Confirmed
Ben Reese Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Vice President in charge of Institutional Equity, Duke University - Confirmed
Ann Atwater Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Civil Rights Activist and one of the stars of An Unlikley Friendship - Invited
Reverend Gene Hatley Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Pastor of Barbee's Missionary Baptist Church, President of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Ministerial Alliance, and winner of the 2005 NAACP Community Service Award, Chapel Hill - Confirmed
Reverend James Pike Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Pastor of Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church - Confirmed
Larry Holt Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Chair of the Durham Human Relations Commission - Invited
Mary Ann Black Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Associate VP of Community Affairs for Duke University Health System and former Durham County Commissioner Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Confirmed