The winter weather delayed this event twice, but tonight the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will show the film The Marines of Montford Point: Fighting for Freedom. the movie will start at 6:30 at the museum in MacArthur Park.
Hosted and narrated by Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr., this movie profiles the first African Americans recruits in the United States Marine Corps. It begins with their experiences at Montford Point Base, a segregated boot camp in the heart of the Jim Crow South.
All-black battalions from Montford Point loyally served their country (some as officers) in three major conflicts: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. All the while they were fighting for their country, they were also fighting for their own civil rights back home.
During the film, Montford Point veterans recount the racism they encountered both within and outside the military. They also reminisce about the rigors of basic training, the harsh conditions of the barracks, and the perils of combat.
There is no admission cost. Light refreshments will be available.
The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History is a program of the City of Little Rock Parks & Recreation Department.