CF Pope School Doc Will Screen Dec. 1, 2022 at Cape Fear Community College

Claudia Stack
3 min readNov 30, 2022

Poster for 12/1/22 screening of CF Pope documentary at CFCC’s Movie and a Message series Photo by Nixon Leaders Center, CFCC

The Nixon Leaders Center of Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) will screen the documentary film CF Pope: Where Champions were Grown on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 3pm in U70, 411 North Front Street, Wilmington NC as part of the Movie and a Message series. This event is free and open to the public, and will be moderated by Donterio Perkins, the Coordinator of the CFCC Nixon Leaders Center. Perkins says he decided to include the documentary in the series because “It is inspirational, and truly speaks to the resilience of the teachers and students who attended there.”

The film CF Pope: Where Champions were Grown (2022) was directed by Richard T. Newkirk, Ed.D. and Claudia Stack, Ed. M. The Pender Education Partnership, the CF Pope Alumni Association, and NC Humanities were the Executive Producers. Michael Raab produced the film, and Patrick Ogelvie did the videography and editing.

Founded in 1891 by the Middle District Missionary Baptist Association, the CF Pope School in Burgaw, NC began as a school for ministers before its mission expanded to general education. Its high school was accredited in 1924, becoming one of only two high schools for African Americans in Pender County during the segregation era. In the documentary, alumni share stories about their time at the school, the ways in which their families sacrificed to support their education, and the teachers who mentored them.

Dr. Richard T. Newkirk, co-director of the film, alumnus of CF Pope, and Vice President of the CF Pope Alumni Association says the school’s story “is told from the perspective of persons who understood that education was a privilege, not a right. Consequently, they focused on what was available and strove to make their best better in spite of the varied challenges. That’s what champions do.”

Tammie M. Parris is the Director of CFCC’s Pender County Workforce and Development. She is also the president of the Pender Education Partnership (PEP), which provided logistical support for the documentary project. Reflecting on the film, Parris says:

The documentary presents the