At noon Monday, Feb. 18, the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service present a screening of “The Memphis 13: the Story of the Civil Rights Movementâ€™s Smallest Pioneers.”
The screening will take place in the school’s Friday Courtroom.
In October 1961, 13 first graders became some of the smallest pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement when they desegregated the Memphis City Schools. This documentary collects the stories of normal children living through an extraordinary moment. A half century later, they are proud of having broken a barrier, but many remain burdened by the experience. The film uncovers a hidden story of the Movement, honors the children who lived it, and raises questions about the role of children in movements for social change.
The filmmaker, University of Memphis law professor Daniel Kiel, will be on hand to offer comment and answer questions.
This event is free and open to the public.