The Barber of Birmingham

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Mr. James Armstrong is the proud proprietor of Armstrong’s Barbershop in Birmingham, Alabama. A hub for hair cuts and civil rights since 1955, the dream of a promised land, where dignity and the right to vote belongs to everyone, is documented in photos, headlines, and clippings that cover every inch of wall space.  85-years-young, Mr. Armstrong will cut your hair and tell you about his role as a civil rights “foot soldier.” He marched with Dr. King in Selma, stood up to police truncheons and got arrested (a lot) and walked his children past vicious hecklers to integrate their all-white elementary school. On the eve of the election of the first African-American president, Mr. Armstrong, the barber of Birmingham, sees his unimaginable dream come true. The Barber of Birmingham was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 2012.


The Barber of Birmingham is co-directed by Gail Dolgin & Robin Fryday.