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Dare Not Walk Alone (2006)




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In 1964, only a few weeks before the Civil Rights Act became law, marking a crucial victory in the struggle for equal rights, Dr. Martin Luther King and his allies from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference staged a series of protests in St. Augustine, FL, a resort community where racial segregation was still the order of the day. After several days of protests that often led to violent retaliation against the demonstrators, several SCLC activists arrived at the Monson Motor Lodge; the motel stated that its swimming pool was to be used by whites only, and in defiance several African-Americans dove in. James Brock, owner of the motel, responded by pouring hydrochloric acid into the water in full view of newsreel cameramen. More than four decades later, filmmaker Jeremy Dean traveled to St. Augustine to examine both the shocking events of the past and what the city is like today. In the documentary Dare Not Walk Alone, Dean interviews James Brock as well as other residents about the 1964 protests, and offers a profile of the city that shows how far St. Augustine has come, and how far it still has to go in terms of real racial equality.

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Critic Reviews for Dare Not Walk Alone

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Jeremy Dean makes a valiant attempt to juxtapose past and present, but his goal is consistently undermined by an execution so muddled it's almost unwatchable...Even so, the film deserves to be seen, if only for its wealth of rare historical footage.

August 22, 2008 | Rating: 2/5

Dean's ability to explore history through such a local nexus creates a uniquely intimate document.

April 30, 2008 | Full Review…

Brock's story and the vivid remembrances of protesters...Clumsier is Dean's attempt to revive calls for social justice regarding today's poverty-stricken West St. Augustine.

April 25, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Inelegantly made and sometimes awkward in its transitions between the two eras, Dean's film nonetheless packs a punch, thanks to vivid archival footage from this lesser-known (compared to Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham) hotbed of Southern racial unrest.

April 24, 2008 | Full Review…

Directed by Jeremy Dean, Dare Not Walk Alone successfully avoids the trappings of many well-meaning civil rights docs that serve chiefly as grief mops for white liberal guilt.

August 28, 2008

It's nothing short of breathtaking to see these demonstrations, and the clear and unmitigated cruelty incurred by these activists, from the points of view of general passersby.

April 25, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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