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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.

SEPT. 24: Ernest Green at Political Animals Club. 7:30-9 p.m., Governor's Mansion.

SEPT. 24: Former Rep. Harold Ford. Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council will speak on civil rights as part of the “Faces of the Future” lecture series sponsored by the Little Rock Political Animals Club, 2-3 p.m., Robinson Center, Barry Travis Exhibition Hall. Reserve seat at 638-5239 or publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu.

SEPT. 24: Little Rock Nine Gala. With former President Bill Clinton as keynote speaker. Fund-raiser for Little Rock Nine Foundation scholarships and mentoring program. Wally Allen Ballroom, Statehouse Convention Center. Sold out; $200 tickets remain for separate seating with television. www.littlerock9.com.

SEPT. 25: “Journey to Little Rock.” Screening of documentary about life of Minnijean Brown Trickey, 3:30 p.m., M.L. Harris Auditorium, Philander Smith College.

SEPT. 25: 50th anniversary commemoration ceremony at Central High School. 10 a.m., Central High School, 1500 Park St. NO TICKETS LEFT. The ceremony will be carried live on local television; sites where people can gather and watch the ceremony on television may be announced.

SEPT. 25: Tavis Smiley broadcasts from the Clinton School of Public Service. Broadcast of PBS talk show. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. BY INVITATION ONLY.

SEPT. 25: Daisy Bates book release and luncheon. “Daisy Bates: In Her Own Words” anniversary edition, pre-order purchase required, 1-3 p.m., back lawn, L.C. & Daisy Bates Museum. Museum tours noon-5 p.m. 707-237-6767.

SEPT. 28-29: Sharon M. Draper. Talks by four-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literacy Award and author of “Tears of a Tiger,” Central Church of Christ, 823 W. Sixth St. 374-2039.

OCT. 4: “When Faith Deceives, When Faith Sustains: Faith Communities and the Little Rock Central High School Crisis.” Sponsored by Bethel A.M.E. Church and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. 6:30 p.m., Bethel A.M.E., 815 W. 16th St., 374-2891. www.bethel-littlerock.tripod.com.

OCT. 11: Bless the Mic Lecture Series featuring Juan Williams. Lecture by senior correspondent for NPR and political analyst for Fox Television. 7 p.m., Philander Smith College. www.philander.edu.

OCT. 11: Interfaith Worship Service Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the City-wide Day of Prayer. Address delivered by Naomi Tutu. Sponsored by Bethel A.M.E. Church and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Recognizes event held Oct. 12, 1957. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th St., 372-0294. www.trinitycathedral-lr.org.

OCT. 26: Arkansas Psychological Association Diversity Luncheon. Guest speaker Bertha Holliday, senior director of the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs of the American Psychological Association. UALR. www.arpapsych.org.

OCT. 27: Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Banquet and award ceremony. 7:30 p.m., Wally Allen Ballroom, Statehouse Convention Center. $125. 377-1950 or 371-7334. www.arblackhalloffame.org.

NOV. 7: Bless the Mic Lecture Series featuring Free. The former co-host of BET's 106 and Park will speak. 7 p.m., Philander Smith College. http://www.philander.edu/

THROUGH OCT. 10: “Taking Possession.” Exhibit of artwork by contemporary black artists Faith Ringgold, Robert Colescott, Whitfield Lovell, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Kerry James Marshall, Deborah Roberts, Lawrence Lee, Fahamu Pecou, Laylah Ali, Aminah Robinson, Derrick Adams, Nick Cave, Kara Walker, Larry Walker, Lorna Simpson, Annette Lawrence, Kerry James Marshall, Carrie Mae Weems, Keba Konte, Deborah Grant, Keith Smith, Jonathan Calm, Hank Willis Thomas, Kambui Olujimi, Bradley McCallum, Jacqueline Tarry and Howardena Pindell, all galleries, Fine Arts Center, UALR. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977.

THROUGH OCT. 27: “Looking Back — Looking Ahead, Commemorating 50 Years of Integration.” Exhibit presented by the Central High School Visual Arts Department, Cox Creative Center, 120 Commerce St. Reception 1-3 p.m. Sept. 22.

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