Juanamaria Cordones-Cook, Julie Middleton, Barbara Williamson
Executive producers and  directors
Michael Hicks
Writer, director and editor


This 55-minute documentary is about educator Eliot Battle and the pivotal role he played in desegregating schools, housing, and the Columbia community. As Battle facilitated changes with quiet resolve, he faced resistance from both the black and white communities. His calm demeanor and dedicated work within existing institutions and systems allowed him to bridge the gap between the two races and change Columbia for the better.



  • Missouri
  • Desegregation
  • Leadership
  • Citizenship
  • Community engagement
  • Diversity
  • Black history
  • Discrimination