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UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture Launches Online Exhibit Commemorating Arkansas’s First African American Optometrist

The Center for Arkansas History and Culture (CAHC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has launched a new online exhibit exploring the life and achievements of Dr. William Townsend, a civil rights leader in Arkansas who was the first African American licensed to practice optometry in the state. Continue reading “UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture Launches Online Exhibit Commemorating Arkansas’s First African American Optometrist”

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UA Little Rock receives grant to commemorate history of Arkansas civil rights leader William Townsend

The Center for Arkansas History and Culture (CAHC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a grant to explore the cultural and political sphere of Dr. William Townsend, an Arkansas civil rights leader and the first African American licensed to practice optometry in the state. Continue reading “UA Little Rock receives grant to commemorate history of Arkansas civil rights leader William Townsend”

Decendents of some of the 12 defendants in the 1919 Elaine Massacre are honored during an Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail Induction Ceremony. Markers bearing the names of the 12 victims killed in the Elaine race riots were unveiled along the Civil Rights Heritage Trail in downtown Little Rock. Photo by Ben Krain.

Elaine 12 inducted into Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Elaine Massacre, the deadliest racial conflict in Arkansas history, but the scars of the tragedy still follow the family members of the victims generations later. Continue reading “Elaine 12 inducted into Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail”

Civil Rights Heritage Trail Induction Ceremony to Honor Elaine 12

The 12 exonerated defendants from the 1919 Elaine Massacre will become a permanent part of the Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail on Nov. 5. Markers commemorating each of them will be unveiled at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s annual Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail Induction Ceremony at 10 a.m. Nov. 5 at UA Little Rock Downtown, 333 President Clinton Ave.  Continue reading “Civil Rights Heritage Trail Induction Ceremony to Honor Elaine 12”

Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail. Photo by Lonnie Timmons/UA Little Rock Communications.

Grant will support purchase of Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail markers to honor Elaine 12

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity received a $4,000 grant from Second Presbyterian Church of Little Rock’s Social Justice Advocacy Committee toward the purchase of markers for the 2019 Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail.  Continue reading “Grant will support purchase of Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail markers to honor Elaine 12”

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Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail joins new U.S. Civil Rights Trail

The Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail, a project of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity, has been named a part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail Continue reading “Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail joins new U.S. Civil Rights Trail”

Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, nine others inducted into Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity honored the legacy of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller and nine other individuals at the 2018 induction of the Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail honorees.  Continue reading “Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, nine others inducted into Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail”

John Kirk, director of the Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity, announced 10 names to be added to the Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail during a program at the Ron Robinson Theater on Feb. 1. Photo by Lonnie Timmons III.

Ebony and Jet founder John Harold Johnson honored at Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail

John Harold Johnson, founder of Ebony and Jet magazines, has been recognized for his achievements in advancing economic opportunities for African Americans in the United States.  Continue reading “Ebony and Jet founder John Harold Johnson honored at Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail”