Register now for the South Carolina premiere of Willie. The movie will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the SC Archives and History Center, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223. There is no fee to attend but pre-registration is highly recommended, seating is limited. On-site registration opens at 12:30 PM, the movie will begin promptly at 1:00 PM.
In the midst of America’s tumultuous fight to end Jim Crow and the birth of the civil rights movement, Willie – the descendant of escaped slaves – became the first black player to skate in a National Hockey League game. “Willie” provides historical context and depth to O’Ree’s incredible journey. The film is a testament to the resilience and determination of a man empowered by his family’s legacy, and the people he has inspired along the way.
Sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, the South Carolina Archives and History Foundation, and the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission.