After graduating high school, a young Smith College student joins up with an activist group to fight for civil rights in the Jim Crow era South and ends up taking part in one of the great protest movements in American history, inspiring her peers and strangers along the way.
Courage and Sacrifice
In 1964 Fannie Lou Hamer was a very well known for her diligence and vigilance in the face of racial discrimination in the south. She was a staunch voting rights advocate, a women's rights advocate and a co-organizer of the Freedom Schools during the summer Freedom Summer in Mississippi.
In 1964 Posy Lombard was a 21 year old student at Smith College. The daughter of the Dean of Harvard Business School. She was one of 9 (nine) siblings raised in a wealthy environment knowing little to nothing about the struggle of black Americans living under the Jim Crow laws of the south.
"Leadership is found in the action to defeat that which would defeat you… You are made by the struggles you choose.”
Over a period of about 18 months the paths of Posy and Fannie Lou would get closer and closer, until soon enough their paths collided. Smack, in the middle of the Civil Rights movement.
Both Posy and Fannie Lou displayed levels of courage and sacrifice unheard of.
Along with many others students, elders, white, black, educated and illiterate, they began to construct a non-violent battalion to conquer the huge segregation machine also known as Jim Crow!
They were beaten, prodded, sprayed with fire hoses, bitten by dogs, trampled by horses, locked in cages with little to no food, and then beaten some more, yet they never fought back and they never considered giving in.
In 1965 after months of civil bloodshed President Johnson would pass the Voting Rights Bill, citing the negro spiritual "We shall overcome" on the Senate floor!
Black Privilege. White Power. is the story of the journey of Posy Lombard and the many volunteers who help to carry the torch of equal rights , voting rights and integration over the threshold.