Influential Savannah leaders highlighted during film series

Influential Savannah leaders highlighted during film series

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It was more than just a movie. The Coastal Heritage Society hosting a film and history lesson Thursday.

Alongside a screening of Selma, movie-goers were treated to a lecture on how its plot played a role in Savannah.

This is the second of three films being screened here, each one providing insight into the 20th and 21st centuries in our region.

Thursday night's introduction was led by Vaughnette Goode-Walker, the director of the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.

Among all of the influential leaders in Savannah, she talked about Reverend Dr. Gilbert and his movement.

"He came in 1939. He becomes the pastor of the First African Baptist Church. He saw the need for change. It was during a time of segregation. Ralph Mark Gilbert was responsible for the first original nine black police officers here in the city of Savannah," Goode-Walker said.

If you want to go to the next and last screening, you can catch 'Fried Green Tomatoes' next Thursday, July 14.

The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $15.

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