The Barber of Birmingham:
Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement

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 Academy Award®-nominated short.


Barber of Birmingham

In this 2012 Oscar-nominated short film, Alabama barber and civil rights veteran James Armstrong experiences the fulfillment of an unimaginable dream: the election of the first African-American president. An Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortia. Watch a preview of Barber of Birmingham below. 

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An Alabama barber celebrates the election of the first black president.
The Barber of Birmingham: Filmmaker Interview

The Barber of Birmingham: Filmmaker Interview

Robin Fryday discusses making her first film about an Alabama barber.

The Barber of Birmingham: Integrating the Schools

The Barber of Birmingham: Integrating the Schools

Armstrong and his son remember the historic moment when schools were no longer segregated.

The Barber of Birmingham: The Worst Thing a Man Can Do

The Barber of Birmingham: The Worst Thing a Man Can Do

"The worst thing a man can do is nothing."

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