Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity

Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute on Race and Ethnicity was launched July 10, 2011, at a celebration and commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders coming to Little Rock.
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The Institute is charged with continuing the work of the Civil Rights Movement by researching the racial divide in Arkansas and working with others in the state to promote racial and ethnic justice.

Mission: The mission of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity is to seek racial and ethnic justice in Arkansas by remembering and understanding the past, informing and engaging the present, and shaping and defining the future.

The importance of understanding the past...
07/26/2019
The New York Times

The importance of understanding the past...

A fraternity at Ole Miss has suspended 3 members who posed with guns in front of a bullet-riddled Emmett Till memorial. Emmett, who was 14 when he was killed in 1955, would have turned 78 on Thursday.

UA Little Rock professors featured in podcasts recalling city’s conflicted past - News
07/26/2019
UA Little Rock professors featured in podcasts recalling city’s conflicted past - News

UA Little Rock professors featured in podcasts recalling city’s conflicted past - News

As the director of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity and Donaghey Distinguished Professor of History, Dr. John Kirk often serves as an expert source for journalists, students, and researchers looking to learn more about Arkansas’s history in rac...

Zinn Education Project
07/16/2019
Zinn Education Project

Zinn Education Project

#tdih 1964 WWII veteran Ozell Sutton was denied service at Arkansas Capitol cafeteria. Just to be clear, a state institution openly broke federal law to deny service based on race. When students and SNCC volunteers protested, law "enforcement" and others attacked them with riot sticks and mustard gas.

We need to teach current events in the context of the LONG history of state-sponsored, institutionalized racism. We also need to examine the role of mainstream media -- then and now. #teachoutsidetextbook

Kicked Off the Land
07/15/2019
Kicked Off the Land

Kicked Off the Land

Why so many black families are losing their property.

Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
07/10/2019
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

Dr. Joyvin Benton, our Director of Development, was featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's recent article covering nonprofit leaders of color from around the country. Congrats, Joyvin!

A new podcast from CNN covering the 1959 fire and deaths of 21 black boys at Wrightsville, Arkansas. Anderson Institute ...
06/26/2019
Up from the Grave - CNN Podcasts

A new podcast from CNN covering the 1959 fire and deaths of 21 black boys at Wrightsville, Arkansas. Anderson Institute director Dr. John Kirk provides expert analysis of the historical context.

Arkansas' Deadliest Fire

American Experience | PBS
06/09/2019
American Experience | PBS

American Experience | PBS

On June 9, 1963, Fannie Lou Hamer and several fellow activists were arrested, sent to jail, and beaten for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter in Winona, Mississippi. Hamer would suffer from the damage for the rest of her life — but she'd also speak of this incident, using its power to drive activism and change.

Some nice news for a Friday afternoon! Check out the podcasts via the link.Hi Dr. Kirk, I hope you’re doing well! I’m fo...
05/31/2019
Back to Little Rock

Some nice news for a Friday afternoon! Check out the podcasts via the link.

Hi Dr. Kirk,

I hope you’re doing well! I’m following up about the research project I interviewed you for last summer.

The podcast has been completed and is available in full at backtolittlerock.com. It is also available for streaming through Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Play. Thank you for your participation in this project! I used audio from your interview and included your headshot on the “Voices” page of the website. Your contributions to this project were tremendously valuable, and I sincerely appreciate your help.

I hope you enjoy listening to the podcast. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Thank you again,
Laura Dunnagan

Back to Little Rock is a podcast about the city behind the headlines. This five-episode series tells the city’s modern history with crime, poverty, and development with interviews from Little Rock’s leaders, activists, and scholars. It evaluates topics including segregation, city planning, munic...

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
05/31/2019
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

A long-lost manuscript contains a searing eyewitness account of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921––the deadliest racial massacre in the U.S.

On this day in 1921, a historical tragedy occurred in the Greenwood African American district of Tulsa, Oklahoma. This section of Tulsa was a thriving community known as “Black Wall Street’ and included several groceries, two independent newspapers, two movie theaters, nightclubs, and numerous churches. The imprisonment of Dick Rowland, a black man falsely accused of assaulting a white woman, sparked the Tulsa race riot. A lynch mob gathered to hang Rowland, but black Tulsans hurried to the courthouse to protect him. Between May 31 and June 1, 1921, white mobs ransacked, razed, and burned over 1,000 homes, businesses, and churches in Greenwood, and murdered scores of African Americans. #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
05/29/2019
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Acclaimed scholar Richard T. Hughes will speak on “Understanding White Supremacy: Why We Must Hear Black Voices” as part of the Central Arkansas Library System's Rabbi Ira E. Sanders Lecture Series, presented in partnership with UA Little Rock’s Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity.

The lecture will begin at noon on Tuesday, June 11, at UA Little Rock Downtown. After the lecture, Hughes will sign copies of his book "Myths America Lives By: White Supremacy and the Stories That Give Us Meaning."
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

PHOTOS: Historic Scipio A. Jones House is in danger of demolition
05/28/2019
PHOTOS: Historic Scipio A. Jones House is in danger of demolition

PHOTOS: Historic Scipio A. Jones House is in danger of demolition

The house at 1872 S. Cross St. is a large, Craftsman-style building sitting on an overgrown corner lot. Trash can be seen on the porch, windows are broken, red clay tiles are missing from the roof. It's an undignified look for what was once one of the most stylish homes in the Dunbar neighborhood of...

Check out the review of former Arkansas SNCC worker Mitchell Zimmerman’s civil rights novel Mississippi Reckoning in the...
05/12/2019
ON BOOKS: A means of keeping faith

Check out the review of former Arkansas SNCC worker Mitchell Zimmerman’s civil rights novel Mississippi Reckoning in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today.

I don't want to oversell Mitchell Zimmerman's Mississippi Reckoning (Hunts Point Press, $15.99). It is, in some ways, a very basic book, with some on-the-nose characterizations that, were they not supported by the author's experience, could be taken as stereotypes. It is written in a matter-of-fact....

You could be taking classes on the Anderson Institute’s minor program on Race and Ethnicity in the Fall!
05/10/2019
Fall

You could be taking classes on the Anderson Institute’s minor program on Race and Ethnicity in the Fall!

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Register for UA Little Rock classes now. There are some spots left in this upper-level English course (CRN: 61084), which counts toward the Minor in Race and Ethnicity and toward the Minor in Gender Studies. For more information about this class, contact Dr. Barrio at [email protected].
Register for UA Little Rock classes now. There are some spots left in this upper-level English course (CRN: 64556), which counts toward the Minor in Race and Ethnicity. For more information about this class, contact Dr. Barrio at [email protected].
Register for UA Little Rock classes now. There are some spots left in this upper-level English course (CRN: 61084), which counts toward the Minor in Race and Ethnicity. For more information about this class, contact Dr. Barrio at [email protected].
Just a friendly reminder about tomorrow’s lecture on Native American politics, sponsored by the Cooper Honors Program in English: “A Pedagogy of Sovereignty” by Dr. Cari Carpenter on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6PM in DSC Ledbetter room C.
Trying to decide which courses to take in the spring semester? Consider this: