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Posted 16 Jun 2022
Arkansas PBS partners with Mosaic Templars, CALS for film screenings
CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS will offer free documentary screenings during the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s Juneteenth in Da Rock Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18. Featured films will include the Arkansas PBS original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” and “The Black Church.”
“Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” will be shown Friday, June 17, at 6 p.m. at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater, Library Square, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock, and Saturday, June 18, at 3 p.m. at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC), 501 W. Ninth Street, Little Rock. The film explores the street’s glory days and how Urban Renewal, the Eisenhower Interstate Program and more influenced its future. West 9th Street was once a vibrant, African-American business and entertainment district and home to Taborian Hall and the Dreamland Ballroom. Told by local residents and historians, “Dream Land” seeks to recognize, memorialize and share the significant past of the once thriving West 9th Street.
A screening of “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” with special guests Tim Campbell and Leifel Jackson will be held at MTCC Saturday, June 18, at 1 p.m. The film features Campbell, a former all-state athlete, who attended the historic Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Central High is a few blocks from his childhood home and Wolfe Street, once one of the most violent streets in America due to gang activity. While struggle and hardship still exist, Campbell reveals the truth: Wolfe Street is a place of incredible beauty and extraordinary people.
A preview selection from “The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song” will be shown at MTCC Saturday, June 18, at 11 a.m. Tracing the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, the film reveals how Black people have worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors’ enslavement across the Middle Passage. The program will air on Arkansas PBS in its entirety Sundays, June 19 and 26, at 2 p.m. each week.
Juneteenth is the most widely known celebration of emancipation in the United States. The significance of Juneteenth centers around June 19, 1865, the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that all enslaved people were free. This announcement came two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 2021, Juneteenth was made a federal holiday.
About Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) was founded as the Mosaic Templars of America Center for African American Culture and Business Enterprise under Act 1176 of 2001. MTCC was created as a museum of Arkansas Heritage to honor the story of the Mosaic Templars of America and all of Arkansas's African American history. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of the African American experience in Arkansas.
About Arkansas PBS
Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, empowers learners of all ages by educating, informing, entertaining and inspiring communities. Arkansas PBS serves as a daily and essential resource for Arkansans by creating, sharing, celebrating and driving conversation around Arkansas stories and classic, trusted PBS programs through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at myarpbs.org/watch, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at myarkansaspbs.org. Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), KETZ (El Dorado) and KETS (Lee Mountain).