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Hoxie Integration Fight Focus of Upcoming Program

Central High School National Historic Site

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The Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas LIbrary System, are teaming up to present a special screening of "Hoxie: The First Stand," the award-winning documentary produced and directed by University of Memphis filmmaker David Appleby, on Thursday, August 18, 2005 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Darragh Center at the Main Library. Appleby will be on hand to provide commentary on the making of the film, which will be followed by a panel discussion featuring former Hoxie students who attended school during the 1955 school year. A reception will follow the screening and panel discussion. The documentary film tells the story of one of the earliest, most important, but least remembered school integration battles in the South.
Members of the panel that will be discussing the desegregation of Hoxie's schools include Mrs. Charlene Trotter, Mrs. Faiyth Hill Washington, and Mrs. Ethel Tompkins, all Hoxie students in 1955, along with Mr. Christopher Mercer, Jr., attorney and former NAACP attorney, David Appleby, and Dr. Russell Wigginton, Special Assistant to the President of Rhodes College, who will serve as the panel's moderator.
The program is free, but seating is limited, so reservations are requested. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site at (501) 374-3067 or the Butler Center at (501) 918-3056.


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