A documentary about Hoxie, Arkansas’ early effort to integrate its schools
This hour-long historical program illuminates our understanding of school desegregation in the late 1950s through the heroic story of a small Arkansas town. The all-white Hoxie school board set out to integrate its schools immediately after the 1955 Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, while most of the South was determined to defy the ruling. Filmmaker David Appleby interviews the surviving participants about the community’s painful struggle. The program’s style is deceptively simple, smoothly combining archival elements, re-enactments and interviews for a deeper understanding of a story that remains central to our national core.
David Appleby, producer, director and writer; Julian Bond, narrator; Allison Graham, associate producer; Sean Bloemer, videographer.