The Barber of Birmingham




Please join us to celebrate the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the power of one

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

Special film screening

Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 2:30pm
Monday, January 16, 2012 at 1:00pm

A new award-winning documentary that premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and  has been short listed for the Academy Award in the documentary short subject category.

Mr. James Armstrong is a rank and file "foot soldier" and the proud proprietor of Armstrong’s barbershop, a cultural and political hub in Birmingham, Alabama, where hair was cut (including Martin Luther King, Jr.'s), civil rights marches organized and battle scars from police truncheons iced. This film follows 85-year-old Mr. Armstrong, as he experiences the manifestation of an unimaginable dream: the election of the first African American president. This courageous and visionary activist of the Civil Rights era casts his vote, celebrates Obama's victory and proudly unfurls the American flag he carried across the Edmund Pettus Bridge as he is inducted into the Foot Soldiers Hall of Fame. Mr. Armstrong links the magnitude of the present paradigm shift with challenges he faced in the past: from his sons' integration into an all white school to the Bloody Sunday march for voting rights.

Sunday – Join Director/Producer Robin Fryday and Shirley Gavin Floyd for a conversation following the screening.

Monday – Join  Darren Armstrong, grandson of Mr. James Armstrong, for a conversation following the screening.

All activities are free with your Museum Admission.  Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended. Call 310.772.2505.

Free underground parking. 

Please be considerate of our residential neighbors and make every effort to avoid driving through single-family residential neighborhood streets.


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