MU Library Shows Eliot Battle Documentary

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COLUMBIA - MU's Ellis Library is hosting a free public screening of the Eliot Battle documentary "Battle: Change From Within" at 11a.m. Tuesday.

It is hard to imagine today the Columbia Battle lived in. From segregated schools, neighborhoods and communities, Battle took major steps to end injustice from the time he became the first black faculty member at Hickman High School in 1960.

To this day, Battle's impact on the city is still very visible, as is that of his wife Muriel, who is the namesake of Battle High School.

The documentary was filmed over three years by four filmmakers and first debuted in February 2012.

But, just a day before the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. headlined, it's fitting for Columbia itself to reflect on just how far it has come, thanks in part to its own civil rights leader.