From 1921 to 1955, Mrs. Mary Gibson Hundley was an exacting teacher of French and Latin at the famous Dunbar High School in Washingon, D.C. The film’s title reflects Mrs. Hundley’s educational advancement against racism at her college; her drive to encourage students to excel in all ways, the students who were inspired by her; her legal battle against a racially-restricted covenant that evicted her from her home; and finally, Mrs. Hundley’s campaign to save the historic Dunbar High School building in the 1970’s.
Mrs. Hundley’s unyielding loyalty to her school and high educational standards led her to write a book, The Dunbar Story in 1965. She encouraged and directed many Dunbar students to attend the best possible colleges in the United States during the Jim Crow era. The Chowan Discovery Group presents a new film about this extraordinary personality in education. THE CAMPAIGNS OF MOLLY HUNDLEY tells of her efforts to move students to excellent levels of education and mission, to broaden their choices of colleges during the Jim Crow era, and her own battles against mediocrity and racism.
This is the second Dunbar High film produced by Chowan Discovery. Both films are funded by the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and the Chowan Discovery Group.