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A Conversation Worth Having: Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street

“If a conversation is hard, it’s probably one worth having.”

Join us for A Conversation Worth Having: a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection.

Every Wednesday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, podcasts, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. February’s lineup focuses on three moments from Arkansas’s black history often forgotten, and a special presentation with Arkansas PBS: So You Want To Talk About Race.

Little Rock’s West 9th Street emerged as a predominately African-American neighborhood during the Civil War, and grew to become the city’s black business district and “the mecca of entertainment in the South.” The Mosaic Templars of America, one of the most prominent African-American fraternal organizations, was established in 1882 and built its headquarters on the corner of 9th and Broadway. The area boomed during the 1940s and 1950s, with dance clubs and live entertainment providing an outlet for the black community. However by the 1960s, most of the district’s black businesses were forced to close due to the Urban Renewal project, and the only surviving structure is Taborian Hall. On Wednesday, February 24, our program includes a short history on the evolution of Little Rock’s neighborhoods, a collection of videos from the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center describing the fraternal organization’s history and influence on the black community, and the Arkansas PBS documentary Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street.

You can join us from anywhere around the world, as this is a virtual event: https://app.kosmi.io/room/s76t3n

We hope you’ll join us for a chance to learn ALL February long!

Wednesday, February 3: The Elaine Massacre of 1919
Wednesday, February 10: Arkansas PBS presents: So You Want to Talk About Race
Wednesday, February 17: The Murder of Isadore Banks
Wednesday, February 24: Little Rock’s West 9th Street

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February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm