Change Comes Knocking - The Story of the North Carolina Fund

Change Comes Knocking - The Story of the North Carolina Fund

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Change Comes Knocking - The Story of the North Carolina Fund
 

Change Comes Knocking is the tumultuous story of a bi-racial anti-poverty organization called the North Carolina Fund (NCF) that boldly confronted the explosive issues of race, class and politics during the turbulent 1960s. In 1963, progressive Democratic governor Terry Sanford took an audacious step to attack the entrenched poverty he found throughout his state. The Fund directly empowered poor people, including African Americans, so they could themselves ruffle the feathers of the establishment, all too comfortable with the racial divisions that were the foundations of the economic status quo. Add to that a charismatic Fund employee named Howard Fuller, who spoke of Black Power and urged a more confrontational approach, and the backlash came swiftly.

The tensions that built in North Carolina around issues of economic inequality were mirrored across the country, as riots broke out in Watts, Newark and Detroit. The story of the North Carolina Fund unfolds in this context, and presents a case study of what happened in one southern state during this period, and the impact that continues to be felt there today. As the cycle of poverty continues to be a grim reality of American rural and urban life, exploring the victories and the defeats of the North Carolina Fund's 1960s war on poverty can help to create a new battlefront.



Awards:
Best Documentary - Appalachian Film Festival

Title #263816
Format: DVD-R