The "Road to Little Rock" documentary creates a frame to educate local studentsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- How fitting the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we're reminded the integral role a Fargo man played in civil rights history, specifically desegregation.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- How fitting the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we're reminded the integral role a Fargo man played in civil rights history, specifically desegregation.
The documentary "the Road to Little Rock," premiered tonight at the Fargo Theatre. It's a huge collaboration and the video will now be the frame work for how local schools educate students about "the little rock 9."
The video covers everything you learned in school about "the little rock 9," but it adds a strong focus on role of Judge Ronald Davies.
The idea is this local angle will help Fargo students draw and hold a connection to this monumental story in our country's history.
A local group traveled to Arkansas to make this film, interviewing the supreme court there along with members of the little rock 9, they say the respect for Judge Davies is far from overlooked.
Carl Oberholtzer/Co-writer of film: "I was talking to an 82 year old woman and she was comparing him to Abe Lincoln and all the great leaders of our time."
Part of the film, shows the judge's square off with Arkansas' governor. The governor brought in state police to stop Davies' ruling, it didn't take long and the judge had the federal army siding with him.
Colleen Vettel/enjoyed film: "Davies was showing his power and what needed to be done is what he did, he knew it had to chance the world is changing and he did a great job."
Judy Rodger/surprised at great quality: "I was surprised it was so well done and when I say surprised you don't think of something local being so polished and precise."
People who came tonight had a chance to meet or ask questions of Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine. His most vivid memory is living in fear. Now he's a successful business man, and has a former federal judge from Fargo to thank.
Dr. Terrance Roberts/Little Rock 9: "without that who knows what could have happened I could have wound up any place. Any words for him today?
Thank you for one, and keep doing what you have been doing because you represent such a solid role model for all of us."
And that last bit there by Dr. Roberts is exactly how Fargo schools will teach this segment to elementary students. They'll see a shorter film and focus on leadership, character and how one person doing the right thing can change the world.