An Unlikely Friendship Documentary and Panel Discussion

Calendar   Meredith
Location Jones Auditorium
Date Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration   2 hours

Meredith College will host a screening of the documentary An Unlikely Friendship, which tells the story of the altogether surprising friendship that emerged between CP Ellis, the Exalted Grand Cyclops of the Durham, N.C., Ku Klux Klan, and civil rights activist Ann Atwater, an outspoken black woman. In 1970, these two arch-enemies were appointed to co-chair a 10-day intense community meeting to resolve problems arising from a court-ordered desegregation of the Durham schools. Initially, their relationship was fraught with distrust and hatred. But through working together, they formed a deep and loving life-long friendship, as they came to realize that they were more alike than different. This documentary inspired the feature film Best of Enemies.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Deborah Holt Noel, host and producer of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Weekend and Black Issues Forum. 

Invited panelists are Bill Riddick, who organized the 1970 Charrette in Durham; Diane Bloom, who wrote, directed and produced An Unlikely Friendship; Lou Lipsitz, the film’s narrator; Dawn X. Henderson, the program director of Racial Healing Circles at Duke University; and Stephen Hawthorne, a social worker/psychotherapist and friend of Ann Atwater.  

The documentary screening is free and open to the public. For Meredith students, this convocation qualifies as an academic/cultural event in General Education. The event is sponsored by the Nell Leazar Speakers Series at Meredith College with support from the Meredith College Department of Human Environmental Science.

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