Town hosts two more screenings of its Civil Rights documentary

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town board have announced two upcoming screenings of the Town-produced historic documentary, “Defining Moments: The Civil Rights Movement in North Hempstead.”

The first will take place on Monday, March 11, 7 p.m., at the Port Washington Library, 1 Library Drive in Port Washington. On Sunday, March 31 at 1 p.m., the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, located at 100 Crescent Beach Road in Glen Cove, will show the film.

The film had its successful premiere in January at the Bow Tie Theater in Manhasset. The 40-minute film is directed by NHTV Studio Director and LIXI Studios President Alan Ginsberg and was funded by a grant from the National Park Service. The documentary highlights the struggle and stories related to the African-American struggle for equality in the 20th century during the Civil Rights Movement in North Hempstead. North Hempstead was at the epicenter of major triumphs of human rights as well as inequalities during this tumultuous time.

“This powerful film tells the many stories of courage, confrontation, triumph, and sorrow throughout the Civil Rights Movement that happened right here in North Hempstead,” said Bosworth. “We are so grateful for the grant from the National Park Service that enabled us to tell the story about this important time in history.”

The documentary represents nearly two years of research, interviews, filming and editing. In addition to the documentary, individual oral histories of more than a dozen North Hempstead residents who had a role in the Civil Rights Movement will be uploaded to and archived on the Town’s YouTube page.

The screenings are free and open to the public. For more information call 311 or 516-869-6311 outside of the Town of North Hempstead.

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