EXAMINING THE PAST TO BUILD BRIDGES TO OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURE: The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival Commemorates 56 years of Integration at Little Rock Central High School
As a part of our year round programming schedule, The Little Rock Film Festival is proud to announce the 2013 Reel Civil Rights Film Festival – in proud partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Parks Department. The festival was originally founded by Spirit Trickey, daughter of one of the Little Rock Nine. The dates of the festival are centered around the anniversary of the desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High.
“Little Rock’s importance in American civil rights history makes our city the perfect place to hold the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival,” says LRFF Executive Director Craig Renaud. “The Little Rock Film Festival is proud to help grow the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival into one more reason why Little Rock is becoming the next great Southern City.”
The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival 2013 will take place Tuesday September 24th – Saturday September 28th, 2013. All screenings and events are FREE and open to the public, but tickets are required. To book your tickets click here http://lrff.eventbrite.com
The RCRFF2013 kicks off Tuesday September 24th at 6pm at the Philander Smith College- Kendall Center with the Anniversary Kickoff and and SIX PIONEERS Panel featuring George Haley, Original Pioneer, and Keynote Remarks featuring Reena Denise Evers – Everette, daughter of civil rights legend Medgar Evers.
Full RCRFF2013 schedule:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2013 ANNIVERSARY KICKOFF and SIX PIONEERS PANEL featuring GEORGE HALEY, ORIGINAL PIONEER, and KEYNOTE REMARKS featuring REENA DENISE EVERS-EVERETTE, DAUGHTER OF CIVIL RIGHTS LEGEND MEDGAR EVERS and SOUL OF HUMANITY AWARDS
6:00 PM, Philander Smith College- Kendall Center
George Haley, the only surviving member of the Six Pioneers, the first African- American students to desegregate the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (U of A) School of Law, and the descendants of the Six Pioneers, will discuss the role of moral courage and the change that occurred in the hills of northern Arkansas over 65 years ago. Their footsteps on the foothills of conviction cleared a path for the desegregation of Hoxie Elementary in 1955 and Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The U of A Fayetteville School of Law was the first Southern White university to accept African-American students since Reconstruction. The Six Pioneers, The Honorable Rodney Slater, Attorney John W. Walker, Sr., Judge Wiley A. Branton, Jr., Sanford Toilette IV, Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton, and Robin Woods-Loucks will all be recipients of the Soul of Humanity Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding commitment and service to social justice and lifelong soldiers in the battle for Civil Rights. The evening will close with remarks from Reena Denise Evers-Everette, daughter of Civil Rights legend Medgar Evers.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2013 ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION RECEPTION/ RECOGNITION OF LOCAL ACTIVIST MRS. ANNIE ABRAMS and KEYNOTE ADDRESS featuring MYRLIE EVERS-WILLIAMS, WIDOW OF CIVIL RIGHTS LEGEND MEDGAR EVERS
6:00 PM, Philander Smith College- Kendal Center
In the spirit of the anniversary day of the 1957 Little Rock Central High School Crisis, our own Annie Abrams, local and nationally recognized Civil Rights activist will be honored for her service to Little Rock, AR and for her dedication to movements around the United States of America. In the spirit of the work that was done by activist worldwide, fighting for freedom, and putting their lives on the line, we humbly welcome our keynote speaker, Myrlie Evers-Williams. She is the widow of Civil Rights legend Medgar Evers, who was maliciously gunned down and killed in the driveway of his home in Mississippi 50 years ago. Evers-Williams will address the accomplishments of her late husband and the work she continues as a soldier for justice. Mrs. Annie Abrams, Reena Denise Evers-Everette, and our keynote speaker Myrlie Evers-Williams will receive the Soul of Humanity Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding commitment and service to social justice and lifelong soldiers in the battle for Civil Rights.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2013 THE REEL CIVIL RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL GIDEON’S ARMY
6:00 PM, Historic Arkansas Museum
“Gideon’s Army” Follows three young, committed Public Defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2013 MEDGAR EVERS: AN UNSUNG HERO
6:00 PM, Historic Arkansas Museum
Documentary about the life and legacy of civil rights activist Medgar Evers.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 2013 THE REEL CIVIL RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL BEYOND GALILEE
12:00 PM, Historic Arkansas Museum
“Beyond Galilee” explores how the Civil Rights movement evolved in Shreveport in the years that followed, highlighting the key events of the movement in Shreveport through the testimonies of the actual participants supplemented by news footage, rare audio, home movies and photos from the era. “Beyond Galilee” chronicles a vital part of Shreveport’s history and provides much needed insight and perspective into the city’s role in the national Civil Rights movement. (Source: IMDb)
CENTRAL PARK FIVE, 3:00 PM
A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. (Source: IMDb)
THE REEL CIVIL RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL KICKOFF GEORGE WALLACE: SETTIN’ THE WOODS ON FIRE, 6:00 PM
Winner of the Sundance 2000 Film Festival Special Jury Prize, “George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire” is produced by Paul Stekler and Dan McCabe and written by Steve Fayer (“Eyes on the Prize,” “Vote for Me,” “Rock & Roll,” “Nixon”). The three-hour PBS special places the public and private George Wallace within the turbulent history of the 1960s and 1970s, tracing a powerful story relevant to today’s presidential politics. (Source: www.pbs.org) Producer Paul Stekler will lead a preshow discussion about the film.
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