Community Partner Presentation: Briars in the Cotton Patch

Presented by Manistee County Habitat for Humanity
Monday September 16 at 7pm
PG | 57 min | 2003
History | Documentary

This is the story of Koinonia Farm. And though you’ve likely never heard of the farm itself, you’ve almost certainly heard of Habitat for Humanity, which got its start here, with the people of Koinonia.

Briars in the Cotton Patch: The Story of Koinonia Farm tells the story of a courageous group of people who withstood bullets, bombs and boycotts in the years leading up to the tumultuous Civil Rights era. Narrated by former Atlanta Mayor and UN Ambassador Andrew Young, this one-hour documentary examines the remarkable personalities and events of Koinonia Farm.

Founded on principles of non-violence and sharing, Koinonia’s significance and impact is global: in 1976, Koinonia became the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity International. The community has also inspired and changed the lives of thousands of people who have visited, learned of, or lived at Koinonia.

This powerful story of Christian persecution, racial injustice and uncommon courage received an Emmy award and a CINE Golden Eagle Award.

Join local Habitat for Humanity representatives to explore this great documentary on the history and ethos of an important American intentional community, one which has served as a “demonstration plot” for peace, sharing, and inter-racialism and which gave birth to Habitat for Humanity.