Thursday, January 12, 2012

Free Community Cinema series in Mesa

The City of Mesa Office of Diversity, City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board, Mesa Arts Center, ITVS Community Cinema and Eight Arizona PBS present “Community Cinema,” a monthly series of free movies through May, along with post-show discussions.

The first new film of the year is “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock,” which will be shown on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center’s Dobson Lecture Hall.  Daisy Bates was a complex, unconventional and largely forgotten heroine of the civil rights movement who led the charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.

Following the screening, there will be a half hour discussion featuring John Goodie, a pioneer member of the Mesa Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee which began in 1988.  Mr. Goodie also founded Concerned Citizens of Mesa which initiated a campaign to create a MLK holiday.  Proposition 408, which established Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day as a paid municipal holiday, was approved by 52 percent of the Mesa voters in November 1996.  For information about this year’s MLK events, visit

A free film screening will take place on the third Thursday each month through May.  For more information, visit

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