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“Some Degree of Separation: The Struggle for Equal Education in Little Rock in the 1960s” – James Ross

February 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

The 1957 Central High crisis was one of the defining moments in the struggle for civil rights in America. After federal courts ordered the desegregation of Little Rock’s schools, a new generation of white leaders arose who accepted a small degree of desegregation if it saved the public schools and prevented more extreme policies. By examining the experiences of a student, a civil rights leader, and one white school board member, this lecture will explain how white city leaders devised ways to control and slow desegregation and minimally comply with court orders. These actions established the trajectory of the Little Rock School District for the next fifty years, as white leaders exhibited little concern for equal education but maintained control of the district and its finances, despite a student population that became majority black by 1976.

Part of the Evenings with History series. Sponsored by the University History Institute. For more information contact the History Department at 501.569.3235 or email department chair Jess Porter at


February 7, 2017
7:00 pm
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Historic Arkansas Museum
200 E. Third Street
Little Rock, AR 72201 United States
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