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Thursday-Saturday To-Do: Reel Civil Rights Film Festival

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The film "Gideon's Army" screens Thursday at the Historic Arkansas Museum as part of the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival.
  • The film "Gideon's Army" screens Thursday at the Historic Arkansas Museum as part of the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival.


REEL CIVIL RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
Various times. Historic Arkansas Museum. Free.


The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival kicked off earlier this week with a panel about the Six Pioneers, the African-American students who desegregated the University of Arkansas School of Law. The event featured George Haley, the only surviving member of the group, and a man who went on to a distinguished career, working with Thurgood Marshall and taking on various roles in seven presidential administrations, including as U.S. ambassador to The Gambia.

On Wednesday, activist Annie Abrams was to be honored at an event with keynote speaker Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain activist Medgar Evers.

The film fest continues Thursday at 6 p.m. with a screening of "Gideon's Army," which tells the story of three young public defenders and the herculean tasks they face. On Friday at 6 p.m., there will be a showing of the documentary "Medgar Evers: An Unsung Hero." Saturday's screenings start at noon with "Beyond Galilee," which focuses on the Civil Rights movement in Shreveport; "George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire" screens at 3 p.m., and at 6 p.m., there will be a showing of "Central Park Five," which looks at the 1989 case of five young black and Latino men who were wrongly convicted of rape.

All of those screenings are free and are at the Historic Arkansas Museum.


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