Celebrating Courage

On August 11th - 13th, 2018, we held Celebrating Courage Weekend, which was a celebration to the life and legacy of local leader John L. Hairston. We held an array of events over the weekend that brought the community together to sing, eat, and enjoy fellowship with one another. The primary focus of the weekend was a screening of Celebrating Courage, an original documentary about the life of John L. Hairston, who led the integration of the local community. On Monday, the final day of the celebration, included a visit from Rev. William Barber, II and Former Vice President Al Gore and Karenna Gore.

The film, along with two mini-documentaries capturing the community from the Celebrating Courage Weekend, will continued to be used as an educational resource for the community. Additional community screenings are already planned. The films are available to be screened at community events.

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Arts workshops on Saturday

On Saturday, we hosted a Holy Spirit Song and Movement Workshop, a fish fry, gospel singing and film premiere.


Film Premiere on Sunday

After a moving sermon inspired by John L. Hairston, we hosted a lunch and film premiere. We honored with John L. Hairston with recognition from Charles Mitchell, the Mayor of Walnut Cove and NC Governor Roy Cooper.


Press conference on Monday

We held a press conference along with the Poor People’s Campaign. We hosted special guests Dr. Rev. William Barber, II and Former VP Al Gore and Karenna Gore.


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