Film Screening: “Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964”

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum at 1116 Phillips St.

Admission is $5.00

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History will screen the independent documentary “Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964.”

“Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964” is an award-winning, independent documentary about women in the Class of 1964 at Spelman College, who participated in the largest coordinated, series of civil rights protests in Atlanta’s history as college freshmen. As young women – sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen years old – these willing souls were some of the foot soldiers of the Atlanta University Center who carried the Atlanta Student Movement through relentless picketing, sit-ins, kneel-ins, and other non-violent demonstrations.

Their bold activism is an Atlanta story that helped change the world. For decades, the faces in the crowd have gone unnamed; their voices unheard. Who were these young women? What motivated these students who had just completed high school to get involved in such a movement? What in their family background prepared them for such an undertaking? How did their activism as young college students impact the remainder of their college matriculation and the rest of their lives?

These questions are answered in “Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964.” Director Alvelyn Sanders tells the story of that of her mother, Dr. Georgianne Thomas, and her mother’s classmates at Spelman College, sharing the story she “grew up” hearing to honor their courage and to inspire others to engage in working for the greater good of all.


For more information, please call Laney Museum at (706) 724-3576.

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