Celebrate freedom with live performances, activities, living history presentations and more at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) Juneteenth festival in downtown Little Rock, Saturday, June 16 from noon to 6 p.m. Recognizing African American freedom and achievement, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
AETN proud to partner with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center to offer free screenings of “Independent Lens: Soul Food Junkies” and AETN-original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” in the museum's ballroom at 1 and 3 p.m. respectively.
In “Soul Food Junkies,” filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians and scholars – as well as with doctors, family members and everyday people – the film puts the soul food tradition under the microscope to examine both its positive and negative consequences.
“Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” – an AETN-original documentary – explores the history of Little Rock’s former African-American cultural epicenter. Told by local residents and historians, “Dream Land” reintroduces the once vibrant business and entertainment district that was home to Taborian Hall and the Dreamland Ballroom. Viewers will relive West 9th Street’s glory days and explore how Urban Renewal, The Eisenthower Interstate Program and more impacted its future.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, noon – 6 p.m.
“Soul Food Junkies” screening, 1 p.m., MTCC Ballroom
“Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” screening, 3 p.m., MTCC Ballroom