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In 'Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later,' it becomes clear how long it can take to turn a heroic moment into a lasting legacy.

Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later

(HBO, 8-9:15 p.m., Sept. 25): Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., is a paradox of progress. This week it celebrates 50 years since the Little Rock Nine integrated the school under armed guard. "50 Years Later" bravely explores the fault lines of race and class at modern-day Central, though it could have gone deeper. It's a moving look at an award-winning school where black students are now in the majority, but are barely visible in advanced classes. The documentary follows students, teachers, parents, and the principal, as they work to affect change. But when Minnijean Brown – one of the nine – returns for a visit and sees students self-segregated, it's clear how long it can take to turn a heroic moment into a lasting legacy.

Grade: B+

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