Atlanta Cyclorama to host screening of Civil Rights documentary - CBS46 News

Atlanta Cyclorama to host screening of Civil Rights documentary

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum is kicking off its year-long commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta with an event that focuses on the Civil Rights Movement.

On Thursday, the museum will host the screening of a documentary called February One, which tells the story of a 1960 Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter sit-in that revitalized the movement.

How is the museum tying the two events together?

"What happened 150 years ago has really impacted our lives here today, our perspectives, our opinions about life, about the economy, about transportation. Everything that happened then has impacted how we see and do things today," said Monica Prothro, facility administrator for the Atlanta Cyclorama.

Legislation that came directly out of the Civil War laid the groundwork for the modern Civil Rights Movement, Prothro said.

The documentary tells the story of the how four college freshmen changed the course of American history.

The "Greensboro Four," Ezell Blair Jr., David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil, were friends at North Carolina A&T University before becoming political activists. Two of the four had grown up where segregation was not legal, while another's father was active in the NAACP. On Feb. 1, 1960, men sat down to eat at the whites-only lunch counter at Woolworth's in downtown Greensboro. The events that followed changed their lives forever.

The movie screening is Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, located at 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta, GA 30315. Admission is free.

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