The story of an unconventional and largely forgotten heroine of the civil rights movement will be featured Thursday, Jan. 19 during a film screening presented by Mesa and the Independent Television Services' Community Cinema. "Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock" will portray how Bates led the 1957 charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.
After the screening is a discussion featuring John Goodie, a pioneer member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee that began in 1988. Goodie also founded Concerned Citizens of Mesa, which initiated a campaign to create an MLK holiday. Voters approved the holiday in 1996.
The screening is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center's Dobson Lecture Hall.
For information about other monthly screenings of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, visit www.mesaaz.gov/diversity or call (480) 644-5033.