#CentralHigh60th Pre-Screening of Thurgood Marshall Film

#CentralHigh60th Pre-Screening of Thurgood Marshall Film
Event on 2017-09-22 17:30:00
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 the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in the commemoration of the 60th anniversary 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 22nd from 5:30-9:00 PM at 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 from 7:00-8:20 PM. The night will conclude with a “Talkback” that will be held from 8:30-9:00 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. Little Rock Central High National Historic Site became a unit of the National Park System on November 6, 1998 and is located in the capital city of Little Rock, Arkansas.  It is surrounded by the operating Central High School and the Central High Neighborhood National Historic Register District.  Central High School National Historic Site; represents the struggle of desegregation at Central High School and multiple stories of American people exercising their fundamental human rights in pursuit of justice and equality in a land of promise and democracy.  The site’s mission is to educate the site’s visitors and others throughout the world about this important chapter in our nation’s history—a chapter that is still being written.  The controversy in Little Rock was the first fundamental test of the United States’ resolve to enforce African-American civil rights in the face of massive southern defiance during the period following the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decisions. When President Dwight D. Eisenhower was compelled by white mob violence to use federal troops to ensure the rights of African-American children to attend the previously all-white school, he became the first president since the post-Civil War Reconstruction period to use federal troops in support of African-American civil rights. The program is free and open to the public, tickets are reserved on Eventbrite. For more information, visit the website at or call the National Historic Site at (501) 374-1957, Email or contact Robin White at 501-396-3002. For more information on the film “Marshall” you can go to any of the following sites: OFFICIAL FILM SITE: OFFICIAL FACEBOOK: OFFICIAL TWITTER: OFFICIAL INSTAGRAM:

at Ron Robinson Theater
Arcade Building, 100 River Market Ave.
Little Rock, United States

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