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Integrating First Methodist Church

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Creator:Freedom on Film (Project)
Title:Integrating First Methodist Church
Date:2006, 1965

On Sunday, August 1, 1965, an interracial group of six persons attempt to worship at First Methodist Church in Americus, Georgia. They are testing the influence of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited discrimination based on race, gender, and national origin, and outlawed discrimination in places of employment. Willie Bolden, a member of the SCLC, is the gentleman leading the group. In the WSB clip, as the integrators approach the church, twelve white church members cluster on the stairs in an attempt to prevent them from entering.

Freedom on Film is a component of the Civil Rights Digital Library, which received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Types:Instructional materials | Articles | Lesson plans | Teaching guides | Text
Subjects:African Americans--Civil rights--Georgia--Americus | Race discrimination--Georgia--Americus | Race relations | Religion and politics--Georgia--Americus | Worship programs | Segregationists--Georgia--Americus | Social change--Georgia--Americus | Civil rights workers--Georgia--Americus | African American civil rights workers--Georgia--Americus | Civil rights movements--Georgia--Americus | Christians--Political activity--Georgia--Americus | Sumter County Movement (Americus, Ga.) | United States, Georgia, Sumter County, Americus, 32.0723862, -84.2326876
Institution:Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (University of Georgia)
Contributors:Freedom on Film (Project)
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Athens, Ga. : Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

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