PASSAGE AT ST. AUGUSTINE: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America
Civil Rights icon and long-time PBS and NPR correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault will host the screening, introduce Roxbury-based filmmaker Clennon L. King before the film, and afterwards moderate a post-screening discussion on race and history. In addition to King, joining Hunter-Gault for the conversation and Q&A will be St. Augustine (Fla.) Civil Rights veteran Mimi Jones of Roxbury and Julia Burgess of Vineyard Haven, daughter of the late St. Augustine Civil Rights veteran Esther Burgess. The late Mrs. Burgess and Jones made headline news in the spring of 1964 during the turbulent St. Augustine, Florida Civil Rights Movement. Burgess, a Canadian-born Bostonian who was the wife of Episcopal bishop John Burgess, was arrested and jailed after traveling to St. Augustine with the mother of the then-sitting governor of Massachusetts to challenge the Jim Crow segregation laws. Ten weeks later, the 17-year-old Jones, then of Albany, Georgia, was also arrested and jailed after she and six others jumped into a whites-only motel pool in St. Augustine, prompting the owner poured muriatic acid in the water, as news cameras rolled.