Documentary 'The Barber of Birmingham' Awarded An Alfred du Pont-Columbia University Award
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Documentary 'The Barber of Birmingham' Awarded An Alfred du Pont-Columbia University Award



University’s Graduate School of Journalism announced this week

that Gail Dolgin’s and Robin Fryday’s Oscar nominated short

film, The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil

Rights Movement, which was broadcast in 2012 on PBS’ POV (Point of View) documentary series, has won a 2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards “honor excellence in broadcast and digital journalism.”

As Vanessa said back in August 2012, about the short film, it chronicles:


proud and humble 85-year-old civil rights activist and World War II veteran

James Armstrong, a barber in Birmingham, AL who passed away on Nov. 18, 2009,

as he recounts his struggles during segregation in the South. In the days before and after

Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election, an 85-year-old civil

rights activist and “foot soldier” looked back on the early days of the movement

in this Oscar nominated short. World War II veteran James Armstrong was the

proud proprietor of Armstrong’s Barbershop, a cultural and political hub in

Birmingham, Ala., for more than 50 years. Among his clients was Rev. Martin

Luther King, Jr. In this small establishment, where every inch of wall space

was covered in newspaper clippings and black-and-white photographs, hair was

cut, marches organized and battle scars tended. Armstrong, who carried the

American flag across the Selma bridge during the Bloody Sunday march for voting

rights in 1965, links the struggles of activists of the past with a previously

unimaginable dream: the election of the first African-American president.

The film was, for a time,

available to view on online on POV ‘s website on

It is also now

available on DVD through the film’s website HERE.

Unfortunately this was

the last film project that Ms. Dolgin was involved with. She passed away after

a battle with breast cancer in October 2010.

Check out the trailer


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