First Tuesday Film Is Coming Up!

The First Tuesday Social Justice Film Festival Presents:
A Man Named Pearl
February 5th, 7:00 pm
Cosponsored by the Dallas Peace & Justice Center
A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. It offers a message that speaks to respect for both self and others, and shows what one person can achieve when he allows himself to share the full expression of his humanity.
—Anonymous
Did you know that our Social Justice Ministry chair, Beth Ferree, reviews all of our films?  Visit our CommUUique blog for her review of A Man Named Pearl.

From the filmmakers:
A MAN NAMED PEARL tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar, whose unlikely journey to national prominence began with a bigoted remark. In 1976, Pearl took a job in a can factory in Bishopville, South Carolina. New to this rural southern town, he and his wife Metra looked at a house for sale in an all-white neighborhood. The Fryars’ real estate agent was notified by neighbors in the prospective neighborhood that a black family was not welcome. A homeowner voiced the collective concern: “Black people don’t keep up their yards.”
Pearl was stung by the racial stereotype. But rather than become angry and embittered, it motivated him to prove that misguided man wrong. Pearl bought a house in a “black” neighborhood and began fashioning a garden that would attract positive attention. His goal was modest, but clear: to become the first African-American to win Bishopville’s “Yard of the Month” award.
Realizing he would have to do something spectacular to impress the Bishopville garden club, Pearl began cutting every bush and tree in his yard into unusual, abstract shapes. He didn’t know it then, but he was creating a magical wonderland that would, in time, not only garner local recognition, but also draw thousands of visitors from across the United States and around the world.    …
But the impact that Pearl and his art have had on his community is not just economic. He’s also had a profound spiritual influence. As Pearl’s minister, Rev. Jerome McCray, says of the garden: “It’s the one place in all of South Carolina that people can go, both black and white, and feel love.”
You can view the trailer here:
https://youtu.be/dIOYYbsPYu8
Every month, at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, with the Dallas Peace and Justice Center, screens a film focusing on an important social justice issue. We hope you’ll leave inspired and ready to hit the road in your own quest for a better world.
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