Davies biopic, “The Road to Little Rock,” premieres tonight

Judge Davies (left), with daughter Jean, wife Mildred, and attorney Norm Tenneson, arrives in Little Rock in 1957.

In cooperation with the Fargo Public Schools, Fargo-based Video Arts Studios will present the premiere of its video, “The Road to Little Rock,” at 7:00 p.m. tonight at the Fargo Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

The 30-minute video, produced as a central part of the Davies Curriculum Project over the last two years for the Fargo Public Schools, visualizes the role that Judge Ronald N. Davies played in the desegregation and integration of Little Rock Central High School in the late 1950s.

The screening event will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Little Rock Nine member Dr. Terrence Roberts, left, who served as a consultant to the project; moderator, historian, and retired FPS teacher Carl Oberholtzer; Video Arts Studios director Art Philllips; and FPS Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Schatz.

“The Road to Little Rock” is sponsored in part by Bell State Bank & Trust, The Forum, Ron D. Offutt Family Foundation, University of North Dakota and the UND Foundation and Alumni Association. The project is supported in part by grants from the Arkansas and North Dakota Humanities Councils, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State Historical Society of North Dakota with funding from the North Dakota Legislature.

For more information on tonight’s event, see today’s story in The Forum.

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