SSU, local bar associations present documentary honoring legendary civil rights attorney

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SAVANNAH—In partnership with the Savannah Bar Association, the Port City Bar Association and Savannah State University (SSU) will present the Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies documentary Donald L. Hollowell: Foot Soldier for Equal Justice at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Elmore Theater at the King-Frazier Student Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The documentary chronicles the achievements of the legendary civil rights attorney, Donald L. Hollowell (1917-2004). Narrated by Peabody Award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the documentary traces Hollowell’s groundbreaking work as Georgia’s chief civil rights attorney during the 1950s and 1960s. Film highlights include his service as lead counsel in the landmark case that led to the desegregation of the University of Georgia, his legal victory that won the release of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the Reidsville State Prison and the historic case of Preston Cobb, a 15-year-old black youth who was sentenced to die in Georgia’s electric chair. The documentary features rare footage from Hollowell along with interviews by Julian Bond, Vernon E. Jordan Jr., Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, Ambassador Andrew Young and others.

The documentary is one of several in a series produced by the Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights and Research at the University of Georgia (UGA). SSU President Cheryl D. Dozier served as co-executive producer of the documentary while a faculty member at UGA.

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