Harry Caudill: A Man of Courage, World Premiere, Monday July 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Speed Cinema followed by a Q&A with Director Jerry Deaton.
TICKETS: $12 general, $9 LFS & Speed members
Harry Caudill, A Man of Courage chronicles the life of author and social activist Harry M. Caudill of Whitesburg, Ky. In 1963, Caudill wrote, Night Comes to the Cumberlands, a book that would shine light on the desperate situation of impoverished eastern Kentuckians and help President Lyndon Johnson implement his War on Poverty program. Caudill’s work lead to the elimination of unfair mining practices, the regulation of strip mining activities, the preservation of the Lilly Cornett Woods and Bad Branch Falls, the initiation of the Coal Severance Tax and the creation of the Appalachian Regional Commission among other things. Caudill was the voice of poor, disenfranchised eastern Kentuckians for more than three decades and has been recognized as one of Kentucky's top six authors and one of the fifty most influential Kentuckians of all time.
Not rated, 60 minutes