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Billed as an "untold story of the civil rights movement," Club Valiants Inc. chronicles a local association of Black firefighters that got sick and tired of being discriminated against and did something about it. For over 50 years now, the Valiants have been sticking it to the Man. Back in the 1960s, they brought a class action suit against the City for discriminatory practices within fire companies and won the case, resulting in a flurry of promotions and new minority hires. Directed by Patrick Florescio and written by Elaine Jones, the new documentary follows the fraternal organization from its start in 1962, when the civil rights movement was in full swing, to the present. If the trailer is any indication, it's gonna be a tearjerker.
And did we mention the screening is free?
Following the film, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers and others will hold a panel discussion.
Watch the trailer here.
WHEN: June 9 at 3 p.m.
WHERE: St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 2169 74th Avenue.
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