Ed Friend's Highlander Folk School film, 1957
@ Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
DescriptionIn this silent film taken by Ed Friend for the Georgia Commission on Education at the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee in September 1957, groups of white and African American men and women leave the Highlander Folk School library; an interracial group swims in a pond; and still photos show more integration at the school's twenty-fifth anniversary celebration. The film is in two parts; the first section, shot in color, shows the swimmers and the library and the second section shows black-and-white still photos taken by Friend. The clip begins with white and African American men and women leaving the Highlander Folk School library. Some of the women wear skirts and dresses while others wear shorts; many of the men wear short-sleeve dress shirts. Among those identified in the clip is Aubrey Williams, a white man in a bow tie, who waves as he leaves the library. Williams had been the director of the National Youth Administration under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and at the time of the Highlander anniversary, was publisher of the Southern Farm and Home magazine. Charles Gomillion, dean of the African American Tuskegee Institute, also exits the library. Gomillion was influential in African American voter registration in addition to being president of the Tuskegee Civil Association. Later, Rosa Parks and Southern Christian Leadership Conference leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy walk out of the library together. The three from Montgomery, Alabama pause at the door and also pose with folk...