Julian Bond Documentary Gives Firsthand Account of Civil Rights Movement

By: News Email
By: News Email

Thursday, February 27, 2013

People in Albemarle County had the opportunity to observe the civil rights movement and talk to a key participant on Thursday night.

The Crozet Library hosted a film exploring the life and accomplishments of civil rights leader Julian Bond.

The film, "Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement," covered events leading to the March on Washington, about 50 years ago, to Bond's lectures as a professor at the University of Virginia, about two years ago.

After the screening, the audience could ask questions of Bond and the film's director.

"It's kind of odd to sit in a room and they're looking at a movie about you, and you're thinking, 'couldn't I have said that better? Couldn't I have done this better? Why did I say that? But overall, it was a wonderful film, a wonderful audience, and I was glad to be here," said Bond afterwards.

"I didn't expect a full house...And I think that has to do with the extraordinary charisma of Julian Bond and life dedicated to social service and...devoted to the community as well," said Eduardo Montes-Bradley, director of the film. "He's getting the people's attention that he deserves."

Montes-Bradley spent a year making the film. He lives in Ivy and his kids go to the Crozet library. He came to the library suggesting the screening.

"It's part of belonging to the community, being a part of it," he said.

The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library hosted the screening as part of Black History Month.

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