Wednesday, August 25, 2010

If You're From Florida, You Know What You Have To Do

I don't know how many of you noticed, but there's a new article on our Gone with the Wind Goodies page touching on a less known aspect of Margaret Mitchell's activity: her role as a benefactor of Morehouse College. Starting with 1942, Mitchell secretly funded the medical education of Morehouse graduates, through an agreement with the president of the college, Dr. Benjamin Mays. It really is an inspiring story, and the way she conducted this philanthropic act speaks well of her discretion and generosity.

A documentary on this theme was very recently released, and if you live anywhere near St. Augustine, Florida you might be lucky enough to attend a free screening. Part of the Andrew Young Presents series, the film is called A Change in the Wind and tells the story of the interaction between Margaret Mitchell and Benjamin Mays. We missed the chance to let you know about its official premiere, which was in Atlanta, on August 24, but here's the next best thing. The film will be screened on September 3 at the Flagler College in St. Augustine Florida. Here are all the details, on the Flagler College's page:

And here's a teaser for you. If you want more snippets from the documentary, you can find them on  the Andrew Young Foundation blog or, alternatively, on the Andrew Young Facebook page.

I read about this screening on the lovely Facebook page GWTW...But Not Forgotten. If you're not fans already, why don't you drop by to say hello, raise a thumb, that sort of thing? 

Oh, and if you do attend the screening, or were lucky enough to have attended the premiere, drop us a line and let us know how it was! 


  1. Margaret Mitchell, one of the most influential figures of the 20th century? Eh, I'm not so sure.

  2. Well, it would definitely be harder to sell a film about "two of the most influential figures in the life of Atlanta, Georgia", now would it?:) And considering their documentary is likely to touch on the racial issues at that time, they might have a case for calling Mitchell an influential figure in that area.

  3. I knew of Mitchell's philanthropy, which is why my blood boils when elitist, politically correct people out there decry her as a racist.


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