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"Breaking Barriers" at the Brightwood Branch

Individuals of all ages, especially young ones in grades 3-12, are invited to learn how young people impacted the Civil Rights Movement during the series, "Breaking Barriers," throughout February at the Brightwood Branch, 2435 N. Sherman Drive.

Little Rock NinePresented by Nicole Kearney Productions, programs in this series involve dramatic readings of plays that highlight seminal events in the 1950's. Programs include:

The Little Boy Who Shook Up the World: The Emmett Till Story
February 4 at 6 p.m.

This program tells the story of 14-year-old Emmett Till who, while visiting a relative in Mississippi in 1955, was kidnapped and lynched after being accused of whistling at and improperly touching a white store clerk. The subsequent trial was a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement and thrust national scrutiny upon Mississippi.

The Little Rock Nine
February 18 at 6 p.m.

This program looks at September 1957 when, amid violence, hatred and protest, nine students integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. They never knew their desire for a better education would have such an impact on their lives and those of others.

Call 275-4310 for more information about these free Library programs.