UALR Desegregation: 50 Years After

Jul 16, 2014

On August 10, 1964, the Little Rock University Board of Trustees voted to change article two of its constitution that read: “The purpose and objects of this corporation shall be to own, control, conduct and/or operate (but not for profit) a college, school, or schools, and to promote generally the higher education of white persons.” The term “white persons” was dropped following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 earlier that summer, which threatened to withhold federal funds from entities that did not comply with new anti-discriminatory laws. The first seven African American students to attend the university, now the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, enrolled that fall semester. Today, fifty years after it desegregated, UALR has the highest enrollment of African American students of any higher education institution in the state.