UALR Desegregation: 50 Years After

Jul 16, 2014

This fall, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock commemorates its fiftieth anniversary of integration. In August 1964, Little Rock University admitted its first African American students under threat of losing federal funds if it did not desegregate following the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Today, fifty years after it desegregated, UALR has the highest enrollment of African American students of any higher education institution in the state. The topic of UALR’s integration will be explored in a class being offered in the fall by Rhetoric and Writing professor Dr. Sherry Rankins-Robertson. A learning community of African American freshmen will link past with present, engaging with and documenting the experiences of those who went before them. If you have memories to share, Dr. Rankins-Robertson’s email is available on the KUAR Arkansas Moments website: