the first twenty five book launch

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nps/little central high school national historic site

Join us this Black History Month, in partnership with Pyramid and UALR, for a series of panel discussions and book signings for the release of "The First Twenty-Five: An Oral History of the Desegregation of Little Rock's Public Junior High Schools". Click here to find out more!

Saturday, February 3rd, 2:00PM at Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing, members of The First Twenty Five Cohort will host a panel discussion followed by a book signing.

Sunday, February 4th, 2:00PM at Bullock Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, members of The First Twenty Five Cohort will host a panel discussion followed by a book signing.

Thursday, February 15th, 3:00PM at UA Little Rock Anderson Institute, Dr. LaVerne Bell-Tolliver and Alvin Terry will host a discussion and book signing.

Wendesday, February 26th, 6:00-8:00PM ALLPS School of Innovation in Fayetteville, AR will host a Black History Month Black Authors Fair.

About The First Twenty-Five

The First Twenty-Five gathers the personal stories of these students some fifty years later. They recall what it was like to break down long-standing racial barriers while in their early teens-a developmental stage that often brings emotional vulnerability. In their own words, these individuals share what they saw, heard, and felt as children on the front lines of the civil rights movement, providing insight about this important time in Little Rock, and how these often painful events from their childhoods affected the rest of their lives. Purchase The First-Twenty Five at any of the free public book launch events or visit The First Twenty-Five was made possible in part by grants and contributions from African American Heritage Grant of the Arkansas Humanities Council, a Social Justice Grant of Second Presbyterian Church, the UA Little Rock Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity, and from the Bell, Hampton, Hendricks, Holmes, and Tollette families.

About the Editor

Dr. Bell-Tolliver, herself one of the "first twenty-five," is an associate professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Social Work. She has worked in the fields of mental health and child protective services and is senior pastor of Bullock Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Little Rock.

Last updated: January 31, 2018

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