Favorite

Freedom Riders 50th anniversary events 

To mark the 50th anniversary of the five Freedom Riders' attempt to integrate interstate bus terminals in Little Rock, UALR's new Institute on Race and Ethnicity will host a pair of events this weekend. On Saturday, July 9, it teams with the UALR History Department to present a symposium called "Freedom Rides, Sit-Ins and Beyond: Direct Action and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas in the 1960s" at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public.

On Sunday, July 10, the institute hosts a commemorative event at the Old State House beginning at 2 p.m. The agenda includes the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, a ribbon cutting for the Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage trail and a performance by the United Voices of Gaines Street Baptist Church.

John Curtis Raines, one of the five Freedom Riders arrested in Little Rock in 1961, will participate along with a number of former members of the Arkansas Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in both events. Arsnick, as it was called, played a pivotal role in desegregation efforts in the state.

John Kirk, Donaghey professor of history and chair at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is co-editor along with Jennifer Jensen Wallach of "Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas," which was recently published by the University of Arkansas Press. Both Kirk and Wallach will serve as moderators at the symposium. Below is a schedule of the Saturday event.

9 a.m.-10:30 a.m: "From Sit-Ins to Freedom Rides: Little Rock, 1960-1962." With John Kirk as moderator and Frank James, Worth Long, Freedom Rider John Curtis Raines and Bill Hansen as panelists.  

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: "SNCC in Arkansas: Little Rock and Pine Bluff." With John Kirk as moderator and Bill Hansen, Robert Whitfield, Jim Jones and Howard Himmelbaum as panelists.

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: "SNCC in Arkansas: Forrest City and West Helena." With Jennifer Jensen Wallach, assistant professor at University of North Texas and co-editor of "Arsnick: The Student the Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas," as moderator and Michael Simmons, Dwight Williams and Bryan Rybolt as panelists.

3:45 p.m.-5:15 p.m.: "SNCC in Arkansas: Gould." With novelist Sanderia Smith as moderator and Lucy Whitfield, Marion Cox, Kenneth Harris, Laura Foner and John Walker as panelists.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Conspiracy theorists

    Back in 2000, I interviewed Rev. Jerry Falwell on camera in connection with a documentary film of "The Hunting of the President," which Joe Conason and I wrote.
  • The health of a hospital

    The Medicaid expansion helped Baxter County Regional Medical Center survive and thrive, but a federal repeal bill threatens to imperil it and its patients.
  • Virgil, quick come see

    There goes the Robert E. Lee. But the sentiment that built the monument? It's far from gone.
  • Real reform

    Arkansas voters, once perversely skeptical of complicated ballot issues like constitutional amendments, have become almost comical Pollyannas, ratifying the most shocking laws.
  • That modern mercantile: The bARn

    The bARn Mercantile — "the general store for the not so general," its slogan says — will open in the space formerly occupied by Ten Thousand Villages at 301A President Clinton Ave.

Latest in Cover Stories

Visit Arkansas

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Underutilized waterway is a hidden gem in urban Little Rock

Event Calendar

« »

May

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31  

Most Viewed

  • Abuse again at Arkansas juvenile lockup

    A guard was fired after choking a child at the Alexander Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center. It’s the latest in a long history of mistreatment at the facility.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation