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Calendar of Events for Little Rock Central High 50 Year Celebration

Celebrate the 50th year of the 1957 Little Rock Crisis at Central High School – one of America’s most influential civil rights altercations. Lectures, meetings, festivals, exhibits and ceremonies are scheduled for August through October 2007.

Also stop by the new Central High School museum and visitor’s center and check out our photos of the Little Rock Nine students.

August 16, 2007
Who Will Build Arkansas? A Readers Theatre on Race Relations and Community. Sponsored by the Central Arkansas Library System and Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. At the Darragh Center, Main Library – 100 Rock St. 918-3049

August 27, 2007
Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning civil rights author - Clinton School of Public Service - Branch won the Pulitzer prize for his book Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963. He will discuss the Civil Rights Movement, the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School and a new book he's writing with President Clinton. 683-5239

September 6, 2007
Tim Hashaw, author of The Birth of Black America: The first African Americans and the Pursuit of Freedom at Jamestown - Clinton School of Public Service - Hashaw's book chronicles the inaugural voyage of 30 African men, women and children to Jamestown in 1916. The book traces the journey of Africans and the early roots of black culture in America. 683-5239

September 6-8, 2007
UALR Symposium – "The Little Rock Crisis: A 50-year Perspective"

September 12, 2007
Covering Little Rock, a panel discussion and launch of With All Deliberate Speed: the AP in Little Rock, an exhibit drawn from the Associated Press Corporate Archives in New York - Clinton School of Public Service - The Associated Press will unveil its Central High 1957 archival exhibit at the Clinton School with a panel discussion moderated by former Arkansas Gazette reporter Roy Reed, author of Faubus: The Life and Times of an American Prodigal with panelists Gene Roberts, co-author of the Pulitzer prize-winning Race Beat (2007) and Professor of Journalism at the University of Maryland; David R. Davies, dean of the University of Southern Mississippi Honors College and author of The Press and Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront the Movement; Hoyt Purvis, University of Arkansas journalism professor and former press secretary to Sen. Bill Fulbright; and Kathryn Johnson, former AP civil rights reporter who covered the movement throughout the South from her base at the Atlanta bureau. 683-5239

September 14, 2007
Five Star Leaders: Crisis at Little Rock - Clinton Presidential Center, Great Hall - Using original documents and dramatic recreations, current students from Central High School and Abilene (Kan.) High School will portray 36 historical characters, from the students remembered as the "Little Rock Nine," to President Eisenhower, Attorney General Herbert Brownell, Governor Orval Faubus and Daisy Bates in the events that led to a presidential decision to order federal troops to Little Rock to enforce integration and uphold the federal law. 683-5239

September 15, 2007
A Matter of Justice, Eisenhower and Little Rock, a 50 Year Perspective - Clinton Presidential Center, Great Hall - A panel discussion featuring Dr. David A. Nichols, author of the soon to be released book, A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution; Dr. Irwin Gellman, author of The Contender: Richard Nixon, the Congress Years, the first of a multi-volume biography of Richard Nixon; and guest of honor William T. Coleman, Jr., an associate of Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP, co-author of the Brown v Board brief, President Gerald Ford's Secretary of Transportation, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 683-5239

September 18, 2007
Bless the Mic Lecture Series – Philander Smith College – featuring Andrew Young

September 20, 2007
"Looking Back—Looking Ahead, Commemorating 50 Years of Integration" Third Thursday Talks – Cox Creative Center – 120 Commerce. 918-3032.

September 20, 2007 (premiere)
Arkansas Repertory Theatre – "The Legacy Project" – directed by Rejendra Maharaj

September 20-21, 2007
Town Hall Meeting – Statehouse Convention Center – featuring Dr. Ogletree and Eleanor Homes

September 21, 2007
Central High 50th Anniversary Symposium, in partnership with the UALR Bowen School of Law - Bowen School of Law - Scholars in history, law and education will discuss the integration of Little Rock Central High School and its impact on national civil rights in an all-day symposium. Speakers include:
Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School Professor, Civil Rights Leader
Theodore Shaw, Director Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Barbara Arnwine, Executive Director of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Elizabeth Jacoway, Author of Turn Away Thy Son
Johnanna Lewis, Professor of History at UALR
Tony Freyer, University of Alabama
Judith Kilpatrick , University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Judge Wiley A. Branton, Jr., Little Rock judge and son of the late Wiley A. Branton, Sr., civil rights attorney
Wendy Park, Wake Forest University School of Law
Rose "Faya Ora Rose Toure" Sanders of Selma, Ala., the first black woman judge in Alabama history
*Reception to follow at the Clinton School of Public Service.

September 21-22, 2007
Festival – "The World is Watching Us! From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Celebrating Our Diversity" - MacArthur Park – 8:00am – 10:00pm

September 22, 2007
"Looking Back – Looking Ahead, Commemorating 50 Years of Integration." Art show presented by the Central High School Visual Arts Department at the Cox Creative Center reception from 1-3 pm. (Show runs September 14 - October 27) 918-3090

September 22-23, 2007
Unity in the Community – Bullock Temple CME Church

September 22-25, 2007
Emancipation Proclamation – William J. Clinton Presidential Center & Park

September 23, 2007
Ecumenical Service – Riverfest Amphitheater

September 24, 2007
Dedication Ceremony - Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center

September 24, 2007
Little Rock Nine Gala – Statehouse Convention Center

September 24, 2007
Harold Ford, Jr., former U.S. Congressman and current chair of the DLC - Location TBD - In partnership with the Little Rock Political Animals Club, Ford will speak about civil rights and the Central High commemoration as part of the "Faces of the Future" lecture series. Elected to Congress in Memphis, Tenn., at age 24, Ford ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2006, and is now the chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council.

September 25, 2007
Commemoration Ceremony – Little Rock Central High Front Lawn - SOLD OUT

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets to the Commemoration Ceremony at 10:00 am on September 25, 2007, there are no more tickets available at this time. Therefore we are no longer taking requests for tickets to the ceremony. The ceremony will be carried live on local television and the Anniversary Commission is exploring opportunities to offer sites where people can gather and watch the ceremony. The Commission is also encouraging people to participate in the other 40+ activities that are planned throughout Little Rock between now and November 2007.

September 25, 2007
NPR's Tavis Smiley, host of the Tavis Smiley Show, in partnership with KUAR radio - Invitation Only - The Tavis Smiley Show hosted by the Clinton School will be broadcast live as Smiley will interview guests, including Clinton School dean Skip Rutherford, surrounding the 50th anniversary commemoration. As the first American to simultaneously host signature public radio and public television shows, Smiley also hosts Tavis Smiley on PBS.

October 26, 2007
Arkansas Psychological Association Fall Conference – Speech by Dr. Bertha Holliday, Senior Director, Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs within the American Psychological Association

Events being finalized:
  • UALR School of Law & the Law Review Conference
  • Renuad Brothers HBO documentary
  • Central High Integration 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coca Cola bottle unveiling
  • Documentary Film by Sharon A. La Cruise– In the Shadow of Little Rock: The Life of Daisy Bates

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