2 Former Presidents, Former British Prime Minister & Little Rock 9 Members To Speak

Jul 13, 2016

File photo of former President Bill Clinton speaking in Little Rock June 3, 2014.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

An invitation-only event in Little Rock Thursday will bring together former world leaders and Arkansas civil rights pioneers.

The graduation ceremony for the 2016 class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program will feature former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who served while the two were in office, and three members of the Little Rock Nine.

Ernest Green, Minnijean Brown-Trickey and Carlotta Walls LaNier were among the black students who integrated Central High School in 1957.

An announcement for media about the event didn't list discussion topics, but the gathering comes amid racial unrest after police-related shootings around the nation.

There are 61 members of this year’s graduating class of Presidential Leadership Scholars who were selected based on leadership growth potential. The program draws from the resources of four of the nation’s presidential libraries.

The first discussion, which involes the Little Rock Nine, begins at 2:30 and is to be streamed live here. The second discussion, involving the former president and former Blair, begins at 4:15 and is to be streamed here.