Walls that Bleed: The Story of the Dudley/A&T Student Uprising is an educational documentary of profound historical significance. The Dudley/A&T Uprising of 1969 is as important in American history as the Orangeburg Massacre of 1968, the Kent State Massacre of 1970, and UC Berkeley student uprisings of the late 1960’s. Unfortunately, the story of civil self-defense in a medium sized city of the urban south is not as well known in the glorified non-violent history of Civil Rights. The story of the Civil Rights Movement is mainly a story about what happed in the large metropolitan areas of our country. The "Sit-in's" is the one movement in North Carolina which is discussed and gains worldwide prestige. The Dudley/A&T Student Uprising of 1969 continues the story of the civil rights movement in North Carolina well after the "Sit-In" movement made its impact. In the aftermath of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968, the movement becomes more aggressive and demanding in its approach to expanding rights for all people. A new set of leaders and organizations like the Black Panther Party, the Foundation for Community Development, The Greensboro Association of Poor People (GAPP), the Student Organization for Black Unity (SOBU), the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party (AARP) and the Congress of African People (CAP) captured the hearts and minds of students and youth in America and in North Carolina. The documentary explores this new fervor, this new age of activism, and this more controversial yet seldom examined part of American history.

The main objective of Walls That Bleed is to tell the story of the Dudley/A&T Student Uprising of May 1969 through interviews, art work, music and appropriate use of archival film footage. This film gives a voice and face to many of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement by telling their story. The film poses and address many important questions: Why did black high school students take to the streets to protest the results of a student council election? Why did the black school administrators fail to address the concerns of the students? Who ordered the exceessive use of force to put down the efforts of the protesting students? Why did black college youth come to the aid of black high school students? How did the controversy over a simple high school student council election escalate to a community wide uprising lead by black college students? Why did the city officials call in 650 North Carolina National Guard Troops, put the city under curfew and use tanks, tear gas, helicopters and armored personnel carriers to drive the students off campus? Walls That Bleed addresses these and other important questions about these missing parts of the Civil Rights Movement. Walls That Bleed illustrates one of the major themes in the struggle to eliminate patterns of racial injustice: good people will resist oppression, find hope against all odds and continue to press for the expansion of democracy, civil rights and human rights. We intend to educate the youth of the African-American community, other minorities, and the progressive majority that recently have forgotten that students, 60 years ago, were not fighting one another like it is today, but rather fighting for democratic and human rights that they were suppose to rightful possess. This story will allow others to look back and find missing pages of many progressive movements, and highlight the importance of the unsung foot soldiers who promote, demand, and make social change. The documentary will, and has sparked much needed dialogue on the state of racial relations in our country in the aftermath of the election of our first African American President.


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