Drewary J. Brown was a legendary figure in the struggle for racial justice in central Virginia. As a young man, Drewary Brown lived a rough and tumble life on the streets of Charlottesville and suffered under the oppressions of Jim Crow. Mr. Brown went on to become a pioneering leader in local politics and a peerless community organizer in support of employment for African Americans all across the region. This hour-long documentary from 1999 captures Drewary Brown in the last years of his life, and includes rare interview footage with many of the key figures of the civil rights struggle in central Virginia. They tell firsthand their stories from some of the most important moments in local history – school desegregation, the destruction of Vinegar Hill, and the hard-won battles for dignity, respect, and equal opportunity for all citizens. On this 100th anniversary of his birth, Drewary Brown’s plainspoken wisdom, deep sense of humor, and profound moral urgency are as important today as they were at the height of the civil right movement.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with some living Bridgebuilders.
This event is a part of VA Humanities: Unity Days, Summer Conversation.