Documentary Highlighting Civil Rights Now Available
Experience the Memories by Viewing "Footsteps to Freedom"
February 05, 2014
Last Friday night, more than 100 people experienced the première of "Footsteps to Freedom," a city-produced documentary about civil rights struggles in Tallahassee. The production chronicles the creation of the Tallahassee-Leon County Civil Rights Heritage Walk, which honors more than 50 civil rights activists who took part in the 1960s lunch counter sit-ins and the 1956 bus boycott.
To ensure the documentary is widely distributed throughout the community and beyond, the City is sharing the video online, on television, through the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System and via the Leon County School District.
"This documentary tells a story that many in this community do not know," Mayor John Marks said. "I can think of no better time than Black History Month to share these stories of courage and perseverance that demonstrate how far we've come as a community since these events occurred."
Results from a survey conducted after the documentary's debut show that 96 percent of respondents feel that "Footsteps to Freedom" will have a good or outstanding impact on the understanding of civil rights in Tallahassee.
"A superior presentation of the Civil Rights Movement in Tallahassee!" said Pete Cowdrey, retired high school teacher and exhibit research specialist at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum who attended the première. "It should be seen by everyone who works, lives and studies in Tallahassee."
Throughout the month of February, in honor of Black History Month, the one-hour documentary is airing on WCOT, the City's government access channel (channel 13 on Comcast and CenturyLink), as follows*:
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. (except for City Commission meeting days, which are February 12 and February 26)
- Tuesday and Thursday - 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday - 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
*Please note that shows times may be preempted by official City meetings.
"Footsteps to Freedom" can also been viewed on Talgov.com.
The documentary can be purchased on DVD for $10 during the month of February. Orders can be placed online at Talgov.com or by calling 850-891-8533.
Beginning next week, DVD copies of the documentary will be available for checkout from all the library branches in the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System. Screenings of the documentary will be held at the Main Library, 200 W. Park Ave., at the following times:
- Thursday, Feb. 13, from 3 to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Sunday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m.
In addition, eight custom panels, each measuring 4 feet high by 8 feet wide, that were created by the City and feature photographs from the civil rights era in Tallahassee will be on display at the Main Library through the end of February.
The documentary is also being made available through the Leon County School System to every elementary, middle and high school in the county.
For more information on this and other programming from WCOT, please visit Talgov.com/Communications. You can also view past programs on YouTube.com/WCOT.
Alison Faris, Communications Department, 891-8533