NORFOLK, Va - The light shining in the First Baptist Church basement Sundayafternoon was of a past swollen with darkness: a documentary ofVirginia's Massive Resistance.
"The boys started pointing at me and were saying house slave,house slave," one woman interviewed for the film said.
The documentary "Locked Out: Fall of the Massive Resistance"offers a first hand account of the state's decision to close manypublic schools instead of integrating them. It was produced byUniversity of Virginia's Center for Politics.
"Ive seen audiences laugh and seen audiences cry, it moves everypart of your emotion as you're watching it," Ken Stroupe said.
Dozens of people showed up to watch the free screening. Some ofthem knew they were viewing history within history. The churchwhere they were seated is also featured in film; once home to theNorfolk 17.
"When they closed the schools, we opened the church, which istrue to form of being able to extend yourself beyond the walls,"Pastor Robert Murray said of the historic building.
Within those same walls were instructors like Charles Corprew."It was 6 of us, we had no more than 2 students in a class," hesaid. His students learned the basic subjects, but majored in theharshness of life.
"Two, four, six, eight, we don't want to integrate," severalwhite students protested in the film.
"I was telling [the Norfolk 17] them to persevere," Corprewadded, "and I had to persevere. When asked what made him so angry,he answered, "The way they were treating them, not when they got inthe school but on the way to school."
"Theres a tendency in certain parts to want to feel angry at thestupidity and hatred that was so prevalent at the time," Stroupesaid.
There were many such moments during the film.
For the people who put the project together, it was almost amission accomplished. To them, the goal is reached if the storynever goes silent.
"This is a wonderful project to help younger people realizethey're not just in the classroom or opportunity just because ofwho [they] are, but because of who all the people who came before[them] were.
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