Film Screening: The Phoenix and the Ashes

Step back in time to a defining period in Norfolk history with this fascinating short film that chronicles Norfolk's historic St. Joseph's Catholic Church and School. The history of St. Joseph's parallels the history of Norfolk in many ways, and is rich with stories of people who championed change, transforming the community--including Father Vincent Warren, who stood up to the Ku Klux Klan to defend his association with St. Joseph's, which was then the only black Catholic Church and the only black high school in Norfolk. Through the years, St. Joseph's nurtured generations of African Americans, creating a tight-knit community with deep roots in Norfolk. The church staged several productions at the Attucks Theatre and many former parishioners recall the historic football games between St. Joseph's and Booker T. Washington High School. The film, which will be screened in the historic Attucks Theatre, will be followed by a panel discussion and opportunities for the audience to share their own stories.

Film Screening: The Phoenix and the Ashes