On Sunday, September 25, Maine Coast Waldorf School had the honor of co-sponsoring Clennon King’s documentary “Passage at St. Augustine” at Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. The film brings to light the largely forgotten violent events at St. Augustine, Florida in the summer of 1964 that ultimately led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
Following the film, Clennon King spoke about the importance of this pivotal event. Peter Bancroft, who currently lives in Maine and was one of the protesters jailed in St. Augustine, was present to answer questions and lead a discussion with King after the showing.
Another current Mainer, Rev William England, who was at that time a 33 year old chaplain at Boston University, also traveled to St. Augustine to stand up for his strong beliefs in the fight against racism. Last week the Governor of Maine issued a proclamation declaring September 25th Rev. William L. England Day in Maine. Maine Coast Waldorf High School junior Maria Barton read the proclamation aloud at the event on Sunday and afterwards presented the proclamation to England’s granddaughter.
We are deeply grateful to alumni parent, Mariana Tupper for including the school as a co-sponsor for this event and to Clennon King for bringing his thought provoking film to Maine.