A Washington woman, who as a teen, was arrested and jailed with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. following an attempted St. Augustine, Florida sit-in, will help mark the 2018 King Holiday at Green River College.
Bellingham-based therapist Dr. Kathryn J. Fentress, 73, will join Boston-based filmmaker Clennon L.
King following the screening of his award-winning film, Passage at St.
Augustine: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed
America – about the bloodiest campaign of the entire Movement that led directly
to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing Jim Crow segregation from
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King will introduce his hour-long film, which includes the arrest,
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 starting at 1 p.m. at Green River College’s
Grand Hall, inside the Mel Lindbloom Student Union, 12401 S.E. 320 Street,
Auburn, WA 98092. He will be joined by Fentress for a post-screening
discussion and audience Q&A about the film and turbulent campaign. The
event is free, and open to the
“As a veteran of the very
campaign that is the subject of the
film, Dr. Fentress’ presence will add a
lot to the program,” said King, whose
own father was a lawyer for Dr. King
(no relation) during the historic Albany Movement in 1961-‘62.
“Given where America finds itself, racially speaking, the discussion
should be timely, relevant and engaging.”
King’s hour-long film focuses on the 1963-’64 St.
Augustine, Florida civil rights
campaign where Klan violence –
of the rawest form – attracted
international attention, and
prompted President Johnson to
worry: “Our whole foreign policy and everything else will go to hell over
With the use of riveting archival footage and first hand accounts of
frontline veterans, King uses more than 45 voices help tell the story. Among
them are civil rights foot soldiers and field lieutenants, Klansmen,
segregationist politicians, journalists, White House insiders, law
enforcement, clergy and more.
“Despite LBJ and MLK headlining the film’s real-life cast, audiences
invariably come away asking why a campaign so pivotal appears to have
been wiped from the hard drive of History,” said King.
An Albany, Georgia native, the
filmmaker first began working on the
documentary in 2002, after a four-year stint as a TV news reporter and anchor at
Jacksonville, Florida’s NBC News affiliate.
Well aware of nearby St. Augustine’s rich civil rights past, the filmmaker
began tracking down veterans of the campaign.
“I wanted to capture and chronicle their stories while they were still here,”
he said, noting nearly a third of those interviewed are now deceased. Thirteen
years in the making, the film premiered in February 2015 before the League of
Women Voters in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Since then, King has
presented at multiple institutions across the country, including Dartmouth
Filmmaker Clennon L. King
Kathryn Fentress at age 18
Kathryn Fentress, age 19, (highlighted) now
of Bellingham, WA, is pictured with Dr. King
before their arrests and jailing following a
St. Augustine, Florida sit-in attempt, June
Fentress is taken to jail.
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College, Brandeis, Boston College, Wellesley, University of Texas at Austin and Flagler College in St. Augustine
where the campaign unfolded.
In June 2015, it earned The Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking at the
2015 Roxbury International Film Festival.