An Unlikely Friendship
Over a 10-day period in the early 1970s, when tensions escalated over court-ordered school desegregation, a Durham Klansman named C.P. Ellis and Ann Atwater, an African-American civil-rights activist, found themselves on opposite sides of the debate but co-chairing a committee to address racial tensions in Durham. Despite their differences and distrust of each other, the two became friends. An Unlikely Friendship is the story of how Ellis shed most of his lifelong racial prejudices and formed a long-lasting bond with Atwater. The documentary, produced by UNC-Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill's Center for Public Service, allows Ellis and Atwater to speak in their own words, telling a story of racial healing that transcends the old antagonisms of the South and offers two role models for change and transformation. See "Special Showings" for details.