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."
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.
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.
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).
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