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  • Rees Candee, Director
  • Slade Mead, Producer
  • Rees Candee and John Orchard, Producer

About the Project

Looking for Rosey tells the untold story of Roosevelt Thompson, a Rhodes Scholar, who became a symbolic representative of scholarship that underscored the success of the historic actions of the Little Rock Nine. Rosey, while at Little Rock Central High School, emerged as a leader of his generation. Through his actions, spirituality, intellectualism and boundless energy, Rosey inspired people of all races, whites and African-Americans alike, to embrace his goals and aspirations. Thousands across the nation were devastated when Rosey died in a car crash at the age of 22. His death shook Arkansas to its core. Governor Clinton gave Rosey's eulogy as a tearful state said good-bye to its extinguished shining star. This is the story of Rosey's life, the void his death left, the re-emergence of his presence in the lives and actions of those who knew him, and the power and meaning his story brings to those who did not know him personally.