“Mighty Times: The Children’s March,” a 2004 Academy Award-winning documentary about the Civil Rights Movement, will be presented as a free screening for Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Monday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m.

The film reveals a never-before-told chapter in the Civil Rights movement, focusing on more than 4,000 black schoolchildren who deserted classrooms in Birmingham, Ala., on May 2, 1963, touching off a week of mass demonstrations and rioting that shocked the nation and rocked the world.

On that day, the children of Birmingham flooded the city's streets — and the city's jail — to challenge segregation. Police tried to stop them with dogs and fire hoses. Yet, in ways their parents could not, the children prevailed, defying the police intimidation that long had plagued Birmingham's black community.

Created by the Southern Poverty Law Center, this film documents the particular contributions and courage of young people working for racial justice.

“The Children’s March is a beacon of hope for young people who see and experience social problems and feel disempowered,” said Jennifer Holladay, director of the Center’s tolerance programs.

The film is directed by Robert Houston and stars Dominique Alexis, Rico E. Anderson and Josh Evans. It is not rated and runs 40 minutes. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.