Movies that Matter
The second presentation of this year's series is a double feature of A Class Apart and The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement.
- 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, Modern Art Museum, 3200 Darnell Street
A moderated discussion with special guests will follow the films which will be shown consecutively without an intermission. Admission is free but seating is limited. Tickets for the event will be distributed on a first come, first served basis beginning at 30 minutes before the program. The auditorium seats 248. The film will be shown with English subtitles so as to accommodate the deaf and hard of hearing.
A Class Apart
2009, NR, 60 minutes
In the town of Edna, Texas in 1951, a field hand named Pedro Hernández murdered his employer after exchanging words at a gritty cantina. From this seemingly unremarkable small-town murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would forever change the lives and legal standing of tens of millions of Americans. A team of unknown Mexican American lawyers took the case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court, where they successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.
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The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
2011, NR, 25 minutes
Mr. James Armstrong is a barber, a “foot soldier” and a dreamer whose barbershop in Birmingham, Alabama has been a hub for haircuts and civil rights since 1955. “The dream” of a promised land, where dignity and the right to vote belongs to everyone is documented in photos, headlines and clippings that cram every inch of wall space.
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Movies That Matter: A Human Rights Film Series is a quarterly program of the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission. This screening is presented in partnership with the Fort Worth Library, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
For more information, follow Movies that Matter at Facebook.com/FortWorthMoviesThatMatter or send an email to fwhrc@FortWorthTexas.gov. For a schedule of films, visit www.FortWorthTexas.gov/HumanRelations.
Updated 7 March 2013