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Summer Hill

From the late 19th century until the civil rights movement, the black people of Cartersville, Georgia (near Atlanta) lived exclusively in the Summer Hill section of town. The documentary Summer Hill is a compelling look at the influence of one small, tightly knit community – its school, churches and civic leaders – on its residents. Despite poverty, racism and limited opportunity, Summer Hill – and its segregated school – flourished for four generations. Summer Hill produced many professionals, including Georgia's first black Supreme Court justice, a famous Motown songwriter, teachers, ministers, doctors and lawyers. Many other people from Summer Hill have made major contributions to their hometown and to society. In compelling interviews, the people of Summer Hill tell the empowering story of their community and reveal its lasting legacy of hope.