The Root Recommends: 'The Barber of Birmingham'

A documentary that chronicles the stories of a barber-turned-civil rights leader during the 2008 presidential campaign.

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The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement is a rousing documentary curated by Bay Area photographer Robin Fryday. In the months leading up to the election of President Obama, Fryday traveled down South, scouring the birthplace of the civil rights movement to document the 21st-century lives of those who fought for the right to vote during the height of Jim Crow.

Fryday and documentary producer-director Gail Dolgin stumble upon Birmingham, Ala., barber James Armstrong, whose barbershop had a storied connection to the civil rights movement. Armstrong recounts his experiences living at the epicenter of the movement. The Barber of Birmingham inspires with Armstrong's stories of the past and his hope for a previously unimaginable future.

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