Community Film Screenings: In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Real Art Ways

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Community Film Screenings: In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., you are invited to experience a day of film programming and community building. Free admission!

Come for one film or stay all day!

11 AM | Mighty Times: The Children’s March (40 min.)

The mostly unheard story of the youth of Birmingham, Alabama, who braved fire hoses police dogs and jail in 1963 to bring segregation to its knees.

This film is a part of our Film Field Trip Program. All children are welcome. (Sensitive images are used in the film).

Hall will lead those present in a discussion about Mighty Times: The Children’s March after the film. 

12:30 PM | The First Rainbow Coalition (55 min. Suitable for teens and adults.)

This film charts the history and legacy of a groundbreaking multi-ethnic coalition, “The Rainbow Coalition” that rocked Chicago in the 1960s. It sparks new dialogue about the 1960s, providing an unparalleled platform for contemporary discussions on race and class in an increasingly divided United States.

1:30-2:30 PM | Guided Discussion led by Film Facilitator Derek Hall

Hall will lead those present in a discussion about The First Rainbow Coalition 

2:30PM | Rustin (106 min. PG-13)

This 2023 biographical film tells the story of the charismatic, gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. Despite incredible odds, he managed to organize the March on Washington in 1963, one of the high points of the civil rights movement in the United States.

Art-Making Activities Throughout the Event!

There will be a table with art activities open throughout the event! Great for all ages – drop in at any time!


Bagged lunch will be available for purchase or bring your own lunch! $5 donation recommended.

About Derek Hall:

Derek Hall is a dynamic anti-racist intergroup dialogue facilitator, public speaker, and activist committed to challenging beliefs and institutional culture rooted in systemic racism and other forms of oppression. Derek has worked in the diversity, equity, and inclusion field for over fifteen years, partnering with public and private school systems, for profit and non-profit organizations both locally and nationally.

His passion for decolonized education, human connection, and implementation of racial equity strategies has inspired sustainable change at the internal, interpersonal and institutional levels within the organizations he works with. Derek uses his gifts of facilitation, storytelling and community building to increase the racial & social consciousness of individuals and organizations.

A man staring into the camera wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a yellow beanie.

Thousands of students view these films in Real Art Ways’ Film Field Trip Program.