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One white Southerner’s journey from a racist upbringing to reconciliation and the founding of a multiracial church in Birmingham, Ala.
98 backers pledged $7,619 to help bring this project to life.

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In 1984, the Rev. R. Lawton Higgs, Sr. had a religious epiphany standing in the turn lane of 8th Avenue N., in Birmingham, Ala.

“I discovered that my beliefs were incompatible with God’s call to love one another,” he says. In that moment, Lawton became a “recovering racist,” and in the years to follow, he founded a multicultural, multiracial church in the heart of downtown Birmingham, Ala., ministered to the homeless, and became an advocate for the poor.

We need your help!

Join us in sharing this unforgettable story. Produced by national award-winning writers, one of whom is a professional videographer, this documentary will inspire and uplift, encourage a spirit of restoration and reconciliation, and challenge you (and others) to examine your own actions and attitudes.

Your money will fund:

• Video and audio equipment.

• Production expenses.

• Travel expenses.

• Post-production expenses including editing, graphics, music and audio mixing.

While $7,500 is our initial goal, any funding above that amount will allow us to expand the scope of the production.

Thanks for joining the Recovering Racist team!

Risks and challenges

We hope that the making of this documentary will go smoothly and that we will stay right on schedule. But we know that's not how the world works. Problems happen. And things always take longer than they do. It's possible that equipment we already have and therefore didn't budget for will malfunction. Weather here in Alabama's tornado alley may disrupt filming. Frankly, since we are doing our own writing, filming and editing, illness or some other family crisis on the part of our small team or our subject could throw off our production schedule in a big way. Luckily, while we are somewhat new to the documentary business, we are not new to big projects, self employment or deadlines. We have a combined 50 years of experience as freelance writer/photographers, and we have a network of support that we can rely on to provide backup in the way of equipment and personnel. We know how to persevere through obstacles, and we have anticipated delays and incorporated time for them in our schedule. We understand the importance of starting early and 'working ahead' in case we encounter problems along the way. We hope we have prepared adequately for all eventualities, and we pledge to keep our supporters informed of progress as well as problems throughout the process.

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    Thanks! Changing attitudes and changing lives can happen one person at a time. Small increments make a difference, as will your donation. If you live in the Birmingham area, we’ll give you a loaf of homemade bread, in heartfelt appreciation of your support.

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    Great! You will receive a copy of the final DVD.

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    Awesome! In addition to the DVD, we’ll send you an e-book of professional photographs and inspirational quotes. There will be no copyright rules with this book: you’ll be free to post the pages on Facebook, your website, or anywhere else you wish. Just give us credit by mentioning the film when you do.

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    Wow! We'll send you the rewards listed in the $50 category. Plus, we'll list your name in the movie credits and you’ll get a hard-copy, signed book of additional photographs and quotes.

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    You are amazing! You will receive all the rewards listed in the $100 category. Plus, we’ll take you to lunch with the Reverend Dr. R. Lawton Higgs, Sr, the subject of our documentary. (Birmingham/North Alabama, or if you provide transportation, wherever you want.)

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    Fantastic! You will receive all the rewards listed in the $100 category. Plus, we’ll schedule the Reverend Dr. R. Lawton Higgs, Sr, the subject of our documentary, to speak to the group of your choice, with a discussion time to follow. (Birmingham/North Alabama, or if you provide transportation, wherever you want.)

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    Incredible! You will receive all the rewards listed in the $500 category. Plus, our crack team will sit down with a member of your family (or someone of your choice) to interview and tape their memories. You’ll get a DVD with the raw version of the taping, and we’ll also edit the footage and give you a three-minute ‘best of’ version as well. (Birmingham/North Alabama, or if you provide transportation, wherever you want.)

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- (30 days)