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Clinton Presidential Center Presents “A Screening and Conversation for ’The Barber of Little Rock’”

Registration for this program has reached capacity. You can watch the documentary (35 minutes) on The New Yorker’s YouTube channel and tune in to the conversation here starting at 6:40 p.m.

The 2024 Academy Award nominated documentary short film “The Barber of Little Rock” explores America’s widening racial wealth gap through the story of Arlo Washington, a local barber whose visionary approach to a just economy can be found in the mission of People Trust, the nonprofit community bank, known as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), he founded.

Join us Thursday, February 15 at 6 p.m. when the Clinton Presidential Center Presents “A Screening & Conversation for ‘The Barber of Little Rock’ – one man’s fight to close the racial wealth gap.” The program will include a showing of the award-winning short documentary followed by a conversation with the film’s directors, John Hoffman and Christine Turner; producer Taren Robinson; and its main subject, President and CEO of People Trust Arlo Washington.

Experiencing the effects of generational poverty and structural racism firsthand, Arlo understands his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, and the profound mistrust of financial institutions that have historically excluded his community from financial stability and economic mobility. Operating as the sole bank within a ten-mile radius, Arlo’s People Trust fosters economic progress for underserved and underbanked residents, providing an economic beacon of hope that could reshape the future of banking.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton established the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund, which supports People Trust and community banks across the country. As a result of this and other Clinton administration economic policies, income growth was strong at all levels throughout the administration – including growth for middle-class families and declining disparities between racial groups in wealth and poverty.

Clinton Presidential Center Presents is a partnership between the Clinton Foundation, Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, and Clinton Presidential Library.