Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, and the National Park Service, are partnering with Open Road Films, Central Arkansas Library System, the City of Little Rock, Unity of the Community, and theUniversity of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Servicein the commemoration of the 60thanniversary of "the Little Rock Nine" integration into Central High School. The pre-screening of the film "MARSHALL" will kick off the weekend long celebration of the event. "MARSHALL" will open in theaters nationwide on October 13, 2017.
The event is scheduled on Friday, September 22ndfrom5:30-9:00 PMat the Central Arkansas Library System's Ron Robinson Theater - 100 River Market Avenue. A reception, music and a short theatrical production, make up the first part of the evening. Screening of the film "MARSHALL" will run from7:00-8:20 PM. The night will conclude with a "Talkback" that will be held from8:30-9:00 PM.
Thurgood Marshall hails from an era of pro-active learned men who addressed the Constitution to make civil wrongs, civil rights.
The film "MARSHALL" highlights a true incident of a young lawyer with a moral compass, destined to rise as an agent of change that would influence global legislation. In the 1940s the world is focused on the events surrounding heavy military engagements, meanwhile upon America's homeland conflict was weighty upon the question of humanity and equality. As the nation teeters on the brink of World War II, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Marshall to conservative Connecticut in defense of a black chauffeur who is contending against his wealthy socialite employer.
The story focuses on Marshall partnering with Samuel Friedman, a young Jewish lawyer, embarking upon his first case of social injustice inhibited by an oppressed judicial system. Marshall and Friedman, stand in their convictions amidst an adverse environment, entangled with fear and prejudice, to lead our nation's transformative struggle towards equality. This was one of Thurgood Marshall's many cases that contributed to the launching of the Civil Rights Movement.
Two other cases in which Thurgood Marshall was involved came together in the fall of 1957 when Little Rock was forced to become the face of the unrest that was associated with the next stage of growth and conflict that was accompanying the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement. Although Arkansas Governor Faubus directly questioned the sanctity of the federal court system and the authority of the United States Supreme Court's desegregation ruling, nine African American students,united as a beacon of hope, sought an equal education despite dramatic civic upheaval and unrelenting segregationist persecution.
The program is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Reserve general admissions seats with an RSVP ticket on Eventbrite (here). For more information, call the National Historic Site at (501) 374-1957.
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