Arkansas Civil Rights en Garbage Dumped in Jonesboro Historic Black Cemetery <p>Arkansas police are looking for whoever used a historic black cemetery as a garbage dump.</p><p>The Jonesboro Sun reports someone left trash at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery. Discarded items include two mattresses, a sound system speaker box and new clothes.</p><p>Jonesboro Parks Director Wixson Huffstetler contacted police when he discovered the trash early Wednesday morning. He says the cleanup was ongoing Thursday.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:42:46 +0000 Associated Press 26717 at Group Commemorates Anniversary Of 1964 Civil Rights Act <p></p><p>The Arkansas Psychological Association held a ceremony Wednesday evening to commemorate the passage of the Civil Rights Act 50 years ago, in 1964.</p><p>At the ceremony, held at Little Rock's Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, speakers discussed the link between ongoing work-place discrimination and workers' psychological health.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:00:28 +0000 Sarah Whites-Koditschek 25874 at Group Commemorates Anniversary Of 1964 Civil Rights Act Hearing Set On Pulaski County Desegregation Plan <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Pulaski County School District and its patrons are asking a federal judge to approve a change to its desegregation plan to accommodate a $10 million plan to improve student achievement.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday's hearing comes as the district works to become officially desegregated, as the Little Rock and North Little Rock districts already have. The three districts have received more than $1 billion in special state desegregation aid since 1989 but have reached a settlement to end the payments.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:53:02 +0000 Associated Press 24616 at Segregation Today: How Past Housing Policies Affected Little Rock's Racial Landscape <p><span style="font-size: large; line-height: 1.5;">This month marks the </span>60<sup>th</sup><span style="font-size: large; line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the <a href="" target="_blank">Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision</a>, initiating efforts to integrate schools around the country and especially in the American South where black and white children received largely unequal opportunities for education.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:14:51 +0000 Chris Hickey 23443 at Segregation Today: How Past Housing Policies Affected Little Rock's Racial Landscape Washington County Again Issuing Gay Wedding Licenses <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.16in"><font size="4"><font color="#424243"><font face="helvetica, arial, sans-serif">The Washington County clerk has resumed issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a day after a circuit judge in Pulaski County ruled that all state laws barring gay marriage are unconstitutional. </font></font></font></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:12:28 +0000 Associated Press 23329 at Gay Rights Group Seeks Couples' Full Recognition <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">The head of a gay rights group is seeking full federal recognition of same-sex couples&nbsp;</font><span style="font-size: large; line-height: 1.5;">married in Arkansas.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 14:02:21 +0000 Associated Press 23120 at Gay Rights Group Seeks Couples' Full Recognition Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued In Fayetteville <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">Washington County has begun issuing wedding licenses to same-sex couples after a circuit judge in Pulaski County overturned the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. </font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="font-size: large; line-height: 1.5;">Washington County Clerk Becky </span>Lewallen<span style="font-size: large; line-height: 1.5;"> says 23 licenses were issued Monday morning to same-sex couples. Another license was issued to a heterosexual couple Monday morning as well.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:57:36 +0000 Associated Press 23119 at Hearing Set In Challenge To Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case before a circuit judge in Pulaski County.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than three dozen people are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas' voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is to preside over the hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in Little Rock.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:46:03 +0000 Associated Press 21918 at Civil Rights Figure John Lewis To Speak At Little Rock Event <p></p><p>The Arkansas Literary Festival scheduled for the end of the month will feature a talk by civil rights figure Rep. John Lewis, who is to discuss his graphic novel memoir.</p><p>The festival is to run April 24-27 in Little Rock, and Lewis is scheduled to speak on the closing day.</p><p>Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Georgia, took part in sit-ins and freedom rides during the civil rights movement.</p><p>His book, "March: Book One," is the first of three planned volumes. Andrew Aydin worked as co-writer with Lewis and it was drawn by North Little Rock artist Nate Powell.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:59:48 +0000 Associated Press 21179 at Civil Rights Figure John Lewis To Speak At Little Rock Event The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Hosts Annual MLK Challenge <p>75 kids from around Central Arkansas are volunteering their time in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.</p><p>The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts an annual “MLK Challenge”, teaching kids about the legacy of Dr. King’s service, as well as the work of many others.</p><p>The children, ages 12 to 18, volunteer with eight different sites around Little Rock, including the Dream Center and the Rice Depot.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:02:10 +0000 Maggie Carroll 17730 at