Community is invited to showing of documentary on integration of Baltimore park [Letter]
By Letter to The Aegis
Nov 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Join us at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at Temple Adas Shalom in Havre de Grace for an exclusive showing of "All the King's Horses: The Story of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park."
Please invite friends and neighbors, as we will have the unique opportunity to meet the filmmaker, Pete O'Neal, and some of those heroic participants from 1963. Don't miss out on history!
"All the King's Horses: The Story of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park" is a documentary which chronicles the efforts of many ordinary, everyday people to desegregate the privately owned Gwynn Oak Park during Maryland's racially charged and turbulent civil rights era.
Marching side by side and arm in arm were Whites, Jews, Blacks, priests, rabbis, ministers, businessmen, students, teachers, husbands, wives and children.
Many of these seemingly unlikely protesters were not the targets of discrimination. Yet they left their comfortable homes and took time out of their busy lives to join the struggle — to be yelled at, jeered, spit upon and even beaten. This documentary attempts to capture the essence of not only their struggle but also their motivation, the why.
Film makers Pete and Beverly O'Neal include eyewitness accounts and personal narratives of those involved in the desegregation of the park. All sides are presented — from those who were allowed in, to those who were not allowed in. Original photographs from the now defunct News American newspaper, newly uncovered film footage and artifacts stored in garages and basements for the past 50 years provide a clear account of all the players.
Exactly who were the people involved, where were they from and what was their motivation?
Pete O'Neal, veteran news photographer, has been in the television business almost 30 years. He works now for ABC Channel 2. Beginning in 1993, Pete honed his skill at producing while working with Barry Levinson as technical advisor and actor on the national NBC television show, "Homicide-Life on the Street."
In memory of his mother, he initiated "It's Kindertime Toy Drive." Now in its 15th year, it has provided toys to hundreds of thousands of homeless, needy and sick children throughout the state of Maryland.
This project of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Gwynn Oak Park with a documentary and celebration has captured Pete's heart and it will capture yours!
The event is co-sponsored by Adult Education Committee, Social Action Committee, Religious School, and B'nai B'rith.
There is no charge to watch the film, however for those who would like to partake of breakfast starting at 9:30 a.m. prior to the showing, there is a $7 charge. Also, if anyone plans on attending with a group, please call the office at the Harford Jewish Center at 410-939-3170 to ensure seating. Questions can also be directed to that number.