Documentary Highlighting Civil Rights Now Available

By: Winnie Anne Wright Email
By: Winnie Anne Wright Email
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News Release: City of Tallahassee

Updated: February 5, 2014

Last Friday night, more than 100 people experienced the première of “Footsteps to Freedom,” a city-produced documentary about civil rights struggles in Tallahassee. The production chronicles the creation of the Tallahassee-Leon County Civil Rights Heritage Walk, which honors more than 50 civil rights activists who took part in the 1960s lunch counter sit-ins and the 1956 bus boycott.

To ensure the documentary is widely distributed throughout the community and beyond, the City is sharing the video online, on television, through the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System and via the Leon County School District.

“This documentary tells a story that many in this community do not know,” Mayor John Marks said. "I can think of no better time than Black History Month to share these stories of courage and perseverance that demonstrate how far we’ve come as a community since these events occurred.”

Results from a survey conducted after the documentary’s debut show that 96 percent of respondents feel that “Footsteps to Freedom” will have a good or outstanding impact on the understanding of civil rights in Tallahassee.

“A superior presentation of the Civil Rights Movement in Tallahassee!” said Pete Cowdrey, retired high school teacher and exhibit research specialist at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum who attended the première. “It should be seen by everyone who works, lives and studies in Tallahassee.”

Throughout the month of February, in honor of Black History Month, the one-hour documentary is airing on WCOT, the City’s government access channel (channel 13 on Comcast and CenturyLink), as follows*:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. (except for City Commission meeting days, which are February 12 and February 26)

  • Tuesday and Thursday – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Saturday and Sunday – 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

*Please note that shows times may be preempted by official City meetings.

“Footsteps to Freedom” can also been viewed on

The documentary can be purchased on DVD for $10 during the month of February. Orders can be placed online at or by calling 850-891-8533.

Beginning next week, DVD copies of the documentary will be available for checkout from all the library branches in the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System. Screenings of the documentary will be held at the Main Library, 200 W. Park Ave., at the following times:

  • Thursday, Feb. 13, from 3 to 5 p.m.

  • Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m.

In addition, eight custom panels, each measuring 4 feet high by 8 feet wide, that were created by the City and feature photographs from the civil rights era in Tallahassee will be on display at the Main Library through the end of February.

The documentary is also being made available through the Leon County School System to every elementary, middle and high school in the county.

For more information on this and other programming from WCOT, please visit You can also view past programs on

Winnie Anne Wright
January 31, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - If you've walked down Jefferson Street recently, you may have noticed the names of more than fifty Civil Rights Activists under your feet. These are the names, and footsteps of Tallahassee's very own Foot Soldiers.

"Well it's a wonderful feeling that we have been imortalized. That generations can see our names there that we made a difference and if we did it, you can do it. You know, if I can do something, somebody else can do it too", says Priscilla Stephens Kruize, one of Friday's honorees.

Tonight, many of these Foot Soldiers were in attendance as they were honored with a documentary in their honor, "Footsteps to Freedom."

The construction of the Tallahasee-Leon County Civil Rights Heritage Walk was just one of the many stories featured in "Footsteps to Freedom.

The documentary shares the stories of several local activists in their own words. Mayor John Marks says the struggle of the Foot Soldiers is a story that should be shared with all members of the community, especially children.

"I'm going to recommend to the superintendent of schools that he does show this to many of our schools at some point in their school year, or some point in their school life. That he show this documentary to these school kids so they understand what happened 40 years ago, 45 years ago, and appreciate what they have today."

If you would like more information on "Footsteps to Freedom", visit

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