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AT VISITORS CENTER: Congressman John Lewis to speak.
  • AT VISITORS CENTER: Congressman John Lewis to speak.

The following lectures, films, panel discussions and exhibits are being held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High School:

SEPT. 20: Town Hall Meeting: “Character and Courage: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Now, Where Do We Need to Be?” Discussion on race and education. Reception at 6 p.m., discussion at 7 p.m., Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, 6420 Colonel Glenn Road. 562-3336.

SEPT. 20-21: “Central High, Its History and Legacy: Can True Integration Be Achieved?” Legal symposium with speakers Charles J. Ogletree Jr. of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute on Race and Justice, Harvard Law School; Professor Wendy Parker, Wake Forest University School of Law; Elizabeth Jacoway, author; Professor Tony Freyer, University of Alabama School of Law; Professor Judith Kilpatrick, University of Arkansas; Judge Wiley A. Branton Jr.; Professor Johanna Lewis, UALR History Department; Associate Justice of Arkansas Supreme Court Robert L. Brown. Opening session 5 p.m. Fri. with keynote address by Barbara Arnwine, executive director for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; symposium 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., William H. Bowen School of Law, 1201 McMath Ave., 324-9434. www.law.ualr.edu for detailed schedule.

SEPT. 21: “Rendezvous with Destiny: The 101st Airborne and the Central High Crisis of 1957.” An exhibit on the history and role of the division in various military campaigns and its role in the 1957 desegregation crisis at Central. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 E. Ninth St., 376-4602. www.arkmilitaryheritage.com.

SEPT. 21: City Year Opening Day. For 2007-2008 City Year corps. 9 a.m. ceremony, 10:15 a.m. service day in neighborhood, Little Rock Central High School. 707-1400. www.cityyear.org/sites/little_rock.

SEPT. 21-22: Worldfest: “The World is Watching Us! From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Celebrating Our Diversity.” 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., MacArthur Park, with a performance by zydeco/blues band Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots at 8 p.m. Sat. Sponsored by the Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission and the Central High Integration 50th Anniversary Commission. Games, cultural fair, global village, vendors, World Rhythm Stage. http://www.rcdcworldfest.org.

SEPT. 22: “Little Rock's Other High School.” Special exhibit on Dunbar High School. Through spring 2008, Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave. 396-7050. www.amod.org.

SEPT. 22: “Turn Away Thy Son.” Reading by Elizabeth Jacoway, noon-2 p.m., Barnes and Noble, Chenal Parkway. 312-7642.

SEPT. 22: “Tiger Pride: 100 Years of Little Rock Central High Football.” Reading by Brian Cox, 2-4 p.m., Barnes and Noble, Chenal Parkway. 312-7642.

SEPT. 22-25: Emancipation Proclamation Display. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tue., Clinton Center. Visitors will need to reserve a space to view the document. 244-2856.

SEPT. 23: Unity Walk and Time Capsule Dedication. Unity in the Community event, 2 p.m., Bullock Temple CME Church, 1513 Park St. Time Capsule to contain papers of Elizabeth Eckford and others who wish to contribute mementoes from the 1950s. 375-1581.

SEPT. 23: Ecumenical service. Central integration anniversary event, 3 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. Organized by Bishop Steven Arnold of St. Mark Baptist Church and Rev. Vic Nixon of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.

SEPT. 24: Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center dedication. National Park Service will formally dedicate the new visitor center with keynote speaker, Congressman John Lewis, the Little Rock Nine, the Freedom Singers, artist and writer Nikki Giovanni, Central High Senior and Student Council President Cyrus Bahrassa, members of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division and the Arkansas National Guard. 10 a.m., Visitor Center, Daisy Bates and Park streets. NO TICKETS AVAILABLE.

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