Free Screening in Cranford of Mighty Times: The Children's March

How the Young Activists of Birmingham Brought Segregation to Its Knees

CRANFORD, NJ -In the early days of May 1963 more than 3,000 African-American students, some only in primary school, defied arrest, fire hoses, police dogs and public expectation by marching to protest the city of Birmingham, Alabama's racial segregation laws. The Children's March proved to be remarkably effective.  Under withering international media scrutiny, city officials on May 10 agreed to desegregate local stores.  The series of marches, now embedded in the annals of the civil rights struggle, were critical in changing the course of history’s trajectory.  In the words of Dr. King “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” The documentary Mighty Times: The Children’s March depicts how these children marched in hope of that truth.

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Open My Eyes (OME) is sponsoring a free screening of Mighty Times: The Children’s March, which captures this pivotal crusade by the children of Birmingham. The documentary will be shown at 7:30 pm on Thursday, January 30, at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford, NJ. 

A post-screening discussion of the film will follow. The speaker will be Lauretta A. Farrell, D.Litt, Director of the Human Rights Institute at Kean University, an educational, advocacy, and research institute whose mission is to raise awareness of human rights violations across the globe.

The screening is co-sponsored by Action Together Union County, Westfield 20/20 and the Dr. Martin Luther King Association of Westfield, NJ.

Mighty Times: The Children’s March is an important film and one that we are pleased to screen,” said Cathy Brennan, chair of OME. “With films of this impact OME hopes to open community dialogues around today’s critical issues. Controversial, opinionated, world shattering or close to home, these topics are vital to address in nurturing and sustaining our democracy.”

Open My Eyes (OME) is a documentary film series dedicated to educating, informing and initiating conversations in communities on topics ranging from social justice and the environment to political, cultural and societal issues. Each screening is followed by a panel of experts and public discussion designed to engage individuals in the issues that affect our lives every day. OME is nonpartisan and all perspectives are welcomed.

OME is partially funded by a HEART Grant given by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and by donations from supporters.