The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host a free screening of the new AETN documentary, “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 3.
The community is invited to attend the preview. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with AETN Producer Tanisha Joy Conway and Pine Bluff musician Milt Jackson, who performed at clubs along West 9th Street.
“Little Rock, Arkansas’ West 9th Street was once a vibrant, African-American business and entertainment district and home to Taborian Hall and the Dreamland Ballroom,” a spokesman said in a news release. “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 spokesman said.
The community’s story is a part of the American story, according to Cherisse Jones-Branch, a historian from Arkansas State University.
“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,” Jones-Branch said in the release.
The film screening is free and open to the public.