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The community is invited to watch "Woodlawn" on the big screen on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at Community Vineyard Church, formerly Loew's State Theatre, 2543 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls.
"Woodlawn" is a 2015 sports drama based on the true story of Tony Nathan, a talented African-American football player, who, following a government-mandate for school integration, attended Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Ala. He and other African-American football players were selected for the football team but were not allowed to play. As cross burnings and riots erupted in the city, the Woodlawn Colonels football coach struggled to ease racial tensions between his players. When the coach allowed a community member to speak to his team about the message of hope in the Gospel, nearly the entire team became Christians and the spiritual change had a profound effect on the coach, the school and the community. Nathan led his team to state-wide football success.
He was recruited by the University of Alabama's football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, played in the movie by Jon Voight, however he struggled with his decision to attend due to discrimination toward African-Americans there.
He decided to attend the University of Alabama to help bring about change at the university and had a successful college football career.
He was recruited by the National Football League and was the Miami Dolphins' starting and starring running back in Super Bowls XVII and XIX.
The Community Vineyard Church "Movies with a Message" series takes place the second Saturday of the month. The movie, popcorn and drinks are free and there are prizes after the movie.
For more information, visit the church's website at www.communityvineyard. org, find the church on Facebook, or call the church at 330-928-5134.