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A statue on the grounds of Central High entitled "United" depicts two figures with raised arms holding rings that almost completely interlock, a symbolic reminder of the work still to be done to ensure educational equality.
A statue on the grounds at Central High entitled "United" depicts two figures with raised arms holding rings that almost completely interlock - a symbolic reminder of the work still to be done to ensure educational equality.

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64th anniversary events - September 24 & 25, 2021


Thanks for the support and participation as Little Rock Central High School NHS commemorated the 64th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine's desegregation of Central High School in 1957; programs centered around the theme "The Struggle for Equity and Equality."
 
Phoebe Ferguson and Keith Plessy at the New Orleans opening of the 300 Years in the Making Tricentennial Exhibition in 2018, produced in partnership with The Plessy and Ferguson Foundation
Phoebe Ferguson and Keith Plessy at the New Orleans opening of the 300 Years in the Making Tricentennial Exhibition in 2018, produced in partnership with The Plessy and Ferguson Foundation

The Plessy and Ferguson Foundation

Friday, September 24, 2021


Programs included a conversation with the descendants of the Plessy v. Ferguson case, a landmark SCOTUS decision that established "separate but equal" and reinforced Jim Crow (segregation)

Phoebe Ferguson, Executive Director, and Keith M. Plessy, President, represent the Plessy & Ferguson Foundation, a nonprofit civil rights organization started by the descendants of Homer Adolph Plessy and Judge John Howard Ferguson that works with community activists, historians, artists and local leaders in education, preservation and connecting communities to their local history.


 
A photo of investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell
The stories of investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell have helped put four Klansmen and a serial killer behind bars. His stories have also exposed injustices and corruption, prompting investigations, state reforms, and the firings of boards and officials.

Jerry Mitchell

Programs included a conversation with an investigative reporter on cold cases in the Civil Rights Movement

In more than three decades as a reporter at the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, stories from Jerry Mitchell helped put four Ku Klux Klan members and a suspected serial killer behind bars decades after they committed their crimes. His reporting has exposed killers who had long escaped prosecution, with authorities citing insufficient evidence, in cases including the killings of civil rights activists in the 1960s and the longest-delayed conviction in a serial killer case in U.S. history. His stories have also exposed corruption in state agencies and helped lead to the release of two prisoners from death row. In 2018, after 32 years at the Clarion-Ledger, Mitchell co-founded the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, where he now serves as director.


 
Lynne M. Jackson is the President and Founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation
Lynne M. Jackson is the President and Founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation.

Dred Scott Heritage Foundation

Programs included a conversation with Lynne Jackson, the great-great-granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott

Lynne M. Jackson is the President and Founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, an organization that uses commemoration, education and reconciliation to educate the public on the impact of the Dred Scott v. Sandford decision. Jackson and the Foundation oversaw the fund raising, commissioning and installation of the first statue to honor Dred and Harriet Scott (Old Courthouse in St. Louis, MO).


 
An African American woman with raised fist stands in front of a crowd at a rally; Her shirt reads, "I am somebody, I will succeed."
Educator Drekkia Writes of The Movement leads protestors in Little Rock following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Brian Chilson/Arkansas Times

Saturday, September 25, 2021


Programs included a moderated conversation with The Movement on "The Struggle for Equity and Equality: Then and Now"

The Movement is a group of young change makers and thought leaders. Through events and programming, The Movement educates their community on social justice, mental health and youth development.


Last updated: September 28, 2021

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