Wednesday, January 6, 2016

February Symposium - Little Rock School Desegregation: From Then to Now

The Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, February 6, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The symposium’s theme, “Little Rock School Desegregation: From Then to Now,” will feature speakers, Dr. John Kirk, Dr. James Ross, Dr. Felicia Hobbs, and Representative John Walker.

The symposium will focus of various aspects surrounding the desegregation of Little Rock’s schools, including historical and legal perspectives, personal experiences from an administrative standpoint, and will end with an examination of where Little Rock school desegregation stands today.

The seminar is free to attend but registration is required. The deadline for registering will be February 2, and registration is limited, so be sure to make reservations soon.  Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m. on February 6. Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours through attendance.  Lunch will be provided. 

The mission of the Black History Commission of Arkansas is to collect materials pertaining to African American history for the Arkansas History Commission, to encourage research of the state's African American history, and to cooperate with the Arkansas Department of Education to develop materials that support the teaching of African American history in our public schools. The Arkansas History Commission, located in Little Rock, is the official archives of the state of Arkansas and maintains the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world.

For more information about the symposium or to register, contact us at or call us at 501-682-6900.