Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
501 West 9th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201
Little Rock, AR, US, 72201
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site announces a free screening of the documentary “Home of the Brave” on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The documentary screening will be shown at 5:30 p.m. in the Little Rock Central High School NHS visitor center at 2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive.
A powerful and thought-provoking story, “Home of the Brave” examines the life of Viola Liuzzo, the only white woman to be killed during the Civil Rights Movement. Liuzzo was deeply affected by the events of Bloody Sunday (March 1965) where peaceful protestors in Selma were savagely beaten by Alabama state troopers. Answering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for help, Liuzzo left her home and family in Detroit and headed to Alabama to assist the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with its efforts to register African American voters. While shuttling demonstrators between Selma and Montgomery, Liuzzo was shot and killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Since her death, Viola’s children have taken up their mother’s cause – civil rights – and continued her unfinished work. Anthony Liuzzo, Jr. lives in Birmingham, closer to his mother’s memorial marker in Selma, and has studied race relations, community outreach, and public speaking. Mary Liuzzo Lilleboe has interviewed those who were with their mother in her final days in order to continue Viola’s legacy and to feel closer to her. Mary is a leader in Civil and Human Rights education and awareness and annually joins in the commemorations of Bloody Sunday in Selma. Following the screening, Kwami Abdul-Bey, co-convenor of the Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement (APJMM), will lead a discussion on the film’s themes and storylines with Anthony and Mary.
Seating for this program will be extremely limited, so please plan to arrive early; the event is free and open to the public. For more information about the program, please call (501) 374-1957 or email email@example.com.
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