Saturday, May 17, 2014

Make that Dr. Mara Leveritt. UALR honors a famous grad

Posted By on Sat, May 17, 2014 at 7:53 PM

click to enlarge DOC LEVERITT

I was going to wait until morning, but too many fans at UALR demand instant news coverage of UALR commencement today at which Chancellor Joel Anderson awarded an  honorary Ph.D. — Doctor of Humane Letters — to Mara Leveritt, who graduated from UALR 40 years ago.  Dr. Anderson taught her then.

Mara Leveritt is the co-founder, godmother, senior editor, award-winner and, still, conscience of the Arkansas Times, which itself came to life as a scrappy newsprint magazine 40 years ago this fall. Would we still be here today without her immense contributions? Doubtful.

Thanks and congratulations, Dr. Leveritt.

Mara continues her work on a trilogy of books on the West Memphis 3, her passion and obsession and a key part of the lifeline that saved three wrongly convicted East Arkansas youths. If that story be her fame and glory, be assured that it was really a small part of her legacy of advocacy, compassion and courage here.

UALR put commencement on YouTube. Her segment starts at 1:41:45.

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