UA Little Rock to screen “Dreamland: Little Rock’s West 9th Street”

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s School of Mass Communication, along with the Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity and the Multicultural Center will present a screening of “Dreamland: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Stella Boyle Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Building.

The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Director Gabe Mayhan and Producer Tanisha Joe-Conway.

This 2017 film runs about 58 minutes and chronicles the history of Little Rock’s West 9th Street, which was once a vibrant, African-American business and entertainment district. Taborian Hall is the only remaining historic structure on West 9th Street and stands as a living witness to the street’s former glory days, which featured performers such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Etta James, and many more.

The documentary details the history of this district, the black community in Little Rock and race relations in the city, and explores the impact of federal programs such as urban renewal, school desegregation, the Housing Act of 1949, and the Eisenhower Interstate Program.

Admission is free and open to the public. More info can be found on the AETN website.

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