Dream Land: Little Rock's West 9th Street

Free screening of the new AETN documentary, 

Dream Land: Little Rock's West 9th Street

Saturday, June 3, 2 pm - 4 pm

 
Bijoux singing at Dreamland Ballroom reenactment. Courtesy of AETN

Bijoux singing at Dreamland Ballroom reenactment. Courtesy of AETN

 

Little Rock, Arkansas’s, West 9th Street was once a vibrant, African-American business and entertainment district and home to Taborian Hall and the Dreamland Ballroom. The Arkansas Educational Television Network’s new documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” explores the street’s glory days and how Urban Renewal, the Eisenhower Interstate Program and more influenced its future. Although the documentary focuses on Little Rock's West 9th Street neighborhood, the film is a part of the larger African-American historical narrative.  The neighborhood's story " is a part of the American story,” Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, a historian from Arkansas State University, said. “We need to know about these communities – we need to understand that the communities were complex, the people were educated, that people had money, that people owned businesses, that they established and maintained important institutions in these communities." 

The film screening is free and open to the public.  A panel discussion with AETN Producer Tanisha Joy Conway and Pine Bluff musician Milt Jackson, who performed at clubs along West 9th Street, will directly follow the film. 
 

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