Future Plans: Overview
The Foot Soldier Project’s goals include a forthcoming documentary
focusing on Donald L. Hollowell, lead attorney in the landmark 1961 Holmes
v. Danner case that desegregated the University of Georgia. Hollowell
was a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement and his advocacy helped
to advance the full scope of civil rights causes, including access to
public education, public accommodations, voting rights, and the right
of blacks to serve on juries.
Alongside the project’s primary focus of producing research via
documentaries and books, other goals include the following:
- Conduct a systematic survey of records that document the civil rights
experiences of Georgians.
- Select and digitize key primary source materials that illuminate
the range of civil rights experiences and perspectives that form the
scope of the Project. This material will extend the Project’s
efforts to share materials with broad can be readily accessed by students
and faculty around the world.
- Develop an interactive area of this web site aimed at helping K–12
students learn about the civil rights movement in Georgia initially and
in the south at a later date.
- Apply lessons learned from the civil rights movement to understanding
today’s ongoing struggle for social justice through educational
initiatives and resources.
- Develop curriculum and instructional resources based on research
and products of the FSP that present issues of cultural diversity,
civil rights, and social justice for use by fields including but not limited to:
education, social work, journalism and mass communication, African
American Studies, history, political science, and speech communication.
- Research and publish intellectual and social histories.
- Collaborate in the development of thematic exhibits based on research
and products of the FSP for installation in the galleries of the Russell
Library and at selected venues.
- Develop film series, symposia, and teacher training workshops to
help participants incorporate the project's materials into their curricula.
Also, provide training in documentary filmmaking to university, high
school, and community groups to strengthen the foundation of knowledge built
by the partners in this project.
- Provide access to the over 75 hours of unedited video footage
on prominent figures and unsung persons who played significant roles
in Georgia’s civil rights history, obtained during research for the Ward documentaries,
and make this material available to researchers, archives, teachers, students,
and the general public.