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Forum staff reports, Published March 19 2013

Movie about Fargo judge debuts in Arkansas

LITLLE ROCK, Ark. – A movie produced in Fargo and based on the role U.S. District Judge Ronald Davies played in desegregation debuted here Tuesday.

The movie, “The Road to Little Rock,” is part of a two-year research and documentary project initiated by Fargo Public Schools. A curriculum that corresponds with the movie is being written for grades four, eight and 11 and will be made available to Arkansas classrooms in 2014.

“The Road to Little Rock” was produced by Fargo-based Video Arts Studios. The 30-minute movie focuses on Davies’ role in desegregating Little Rock Central High School.

Davies, an 8th Circuit judge, was called to Arkansas to help with a backlog of federal cases in August 1957 and led the charge to reaffirm the Supreme Court ruling that desegregated schools.

The movie was slated to debut Tuesday night at the campus of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, followed by a panel discussion with director Art Phillips, Arkansas District Court Judge William Wilson and Robin Woods Loucks, a Central High School student in 1957.