The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement

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25m | Documentary


Following the life of Mr. James Armstrong, barbershop owner in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Armstrong's barbershop has been a hub for haircuts and civil right since 1955. At age 85, Armstrong is still giving haircuts and recounting stories of what it was like to be a "foot soldier" during the Civil Rights Movement in 1965, when he marched as an army veteran holding an American flag. In 2008 he cast his vote and witnessed the election of America's first African American president—Barack Obama. Throughout the film he educates his customers about the importance of voting and being active in the commnunity.

Director: Gail Dolgin, Robyn Fryday
Studio: Chicken and Egg Pictures
Writer(s): Anonymous

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