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Press Release - Public Invited to attend Free Showing of “The Road to Little Rock”

Contact: Kim Jondahl

Public Invited to attend Free Showing of “The Road to Little Rock”

BISMARCK — The public is invited to attend a free showing of the film, The Road to Little Rock, on Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. in the North Dakota Heritage Center’s Russell Reid Auditorium. The 30-minute film is hosted by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

The Road to Little Rock tells the 1957 story of Federal Judge Ronald Davies’ role in the integration of Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. Judge Davies, a US District Court judge from Fargo, was asked to go to Little Rock, Arkansas, to help with an overload of cases. At that time, many school districts continued to ignore the 1954 Supreme Court ruling which declared segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. Judge Davies made a critical ruling for integration during this civil rights crisis. The film features never-seen-before interviews with three members of the Little Rock Nine and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The Road to Little Rock was produced by Video Arts Studios of Fargo in collaboration with Fargo Public Schools. For more information, contact Kim Jondahl, State Historical Society, at 701.328.1476.

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