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Hoxie: The First Stand (2003)

A documentary examination of the voluntary 1955 desegregation of the public school system in the town of Hoxie, Arkansas, USA.


David Appleby


David Appleby


Julian Bond
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Julian Bond ... Narrator (voice)


A documentary examination of the voluntary 1955 desegregation of the public school system in the town of Hoxie, Arkansas, USA.

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Stirring, in-depth story that needed to be told
21 December 2005 | by footsperrySee all my reviews

This story needed to be told - and this telling is stronger because the writers and producers took the time to emphasize the complexity of the people and their relationships before, during and after this series of events. The Hoxie school board, composed of white men, decided in 1954 that it was the moral thing to do to obey the ruling of the Supreme Court (in Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education) that segregated schools were inherently unequal. Through this video documentary we can recognize that not all Southern whites were die-hard segregationists. Through this documentary we can see that it was not just abstract points of law in conflict -it was struggles within the members of a community that had always grown up, side by side, and now they struggled to encourage or resist change in their community's life. The documentary is forthright in laying out the ferocity of the segregationists' insistence that integration be resisted. Through the gathering of historical footage and current-day interviews, the film effectively breathes life into this important piece of American history. If Hoxie had not happened the way it did, the Little Rock integration in 1957 would have happened differently. The documentary connects the events in this small Arkansas town to changing national thought and federal policy.It is just such events as this that help us to understand better why we have the world we have today - Bravo, for a magnificent telling!

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