Filmmaker to discuss community's fight vs. racism at Oct. 26 movie viewing

Evanston filmThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will show a documentary — “Evanston’s Living History” — and hold a discussion with filmmaker Craig Dudnick on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. This program, held in conjunction with the library’s Film Society, is open to all.

The film explores an African-American community’s struggle for justice that extends back to Abbeville, S.C., and the horrific lynching of one of its prominent citizens, Anthony Crawford. Many of Crawford’s surviving relatives fled to Evanston, a city just 12 miles from Chicago where racial discrimination was prevalent.

The film details the lives of Crawford’s descendants and their allies, and their fight for the passage of United States Senate Resolution 39, which apologized for the failure of the Senate to enact anti-lynching legislation. Learn about Evanston’s greatest generation, and their courageous fight to free Evanston from the bondage of racial discrimination. Dudnick will discuss the film and answer questions.