The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., will show "The Barber of Birmingham", a civil rights documentary, at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., will show “The Barber of Birmingham”, a civil rights documentary, at 2 p.m. Saturday.

A critically important aspect of the Civil Rights Movement of 1950s and 1960s was the hard won right for equal voting opportunities for African Americans. Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership inspired and motivated people across the country to become “foot soldiers” in the fight for voters’ rights. One foot soldier was John Armstrong, a barber in Birmingham, Ala., who was King’s barber when King visited that city.

This documentary was produced by Robin Friday and the 30-minute film offers a unique perspective on the struggle for civil rights. In the African American community, historically and often still today, the barber shop serves as more than a place for a haircut. Armstrong’s barber shop was a gathering place for friendship, conversation, and news and King inspired Armstrong to join the movement that eventually led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965.

Admission to this event is free.