UA Little Rock professor debuts oral history of desegregation in new book

Dr. LaVerne Bell-Tolliver, an associate professor of social work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will discuss her new book, “The First Twenty-Five: An Oral History of the Desegregation of Little Rock’s Public Junior High Schools” at a book signing on Thursday, Feb. 15, at UA Little Rock.

The event will be 3-4 p.m. in the Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity in Ottenheimer Library (Suite 202).

In 1961, Tolliver was the first and only black student assigned to attend Forest Heights Junior High School until 1963. She turned her story and the stories of the 24 other black students who integrated Little Rock’s four remaining public junior high schools into a book, which features in-depth interviews with those students.

One of the students, Alvin Terry, will join Bell-Tolliver at the event. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of “The First Twenty-Five” can be purchased at the event for $34.95.

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