Winston-Salem civil rights documentary to debut at WFU Feb. 23

“Leadership and Civil Rights in Winston-Salem,” a documentary written by Wake Forest University professor Mary Dalton, will debut at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 in Carswell Hall’s Annenberg Forum, at Wake Forest University.

The documentary centers around the Winston-Salem Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in, where black students from Winston-Salem State University and white students from Wake Forest University joined together to protest segregated lunch counters. The historic sit-in took place on Feb. 23, 1960, and led to a desegregation agreement among local merchants in Winston-Salem.

“The Winston-Salem sit-in was the first in this area to be resolved,” said Dalton, an assistant professor of communication. “That is why it is especially significant.”

The two universities and the city of Winston-Salem celebrated the 40th anniversary of the sit-in during February 2000. Several of the students who participated in the sit-in returned for the anniversary and are the focus of the 45-minute documentary.

The screening is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For more information, call 336-758-6120.

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