Arkansas Civil Rights

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6:42 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Garbage Dumped in Jonesboro Historic Black Cemetery

Arkansas police are looking for whoever used a historic black cemetery as a garbage dump.

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.

Jonesboro Parks Director Wixson Huffstetler contacted police when he discovered the trash early Wednesday morning. He says the cleanup was ongoing Thursday.

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6:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Group Commemorates Anniversary Of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Terrence Roberts after accepting an award Wednesday evening from the Arkansas Psychological Association.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

The Arkansas Psychological Association held a ceremony Wednesday evening to commemorate the passage of the Civil Rights Act 50 years ago, in 1964.

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.

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8:53 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Hearing Set On Pulaski County Desegregation Plan

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.

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.

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6:14 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Segregation Today: How Past Housing Policies Affected Little Rock's Racial Landscape

Downtown Little Rock c. 1958.
Credit Library of Congress Prints and Photographs

This month marks the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, 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.

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9:12 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Washington County Again Issuing Gay Wedding Licenses

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.

Two same-sex couples received wedding licenses shortly after the Washington County clerk's office opened Friday at 8 a.m. Clerk Becky Lewallen says a couple did stop by Thursday afternoon for a license, but she told them toreturn in the morning.

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9:02 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Gay Rights Group Seeks Couples' Full Recognition

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, speaks to reporters Monday morning outside the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The head of a gay rights group is seeking full federal recognition of same-sex couples married in Arkansas.

Gay couples began getting married in the state Saturday and more were lined up to wed Monday. Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said the group asked the Department of Justice to recognize the unions. A similar move was extended to Utah couples who married before a gay-marriage ruling was put on hold.

Arkansas' attorney general has filed a notice that he would appeal a judge's ruling that paved the way for this weekend's same-sex marriages.

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8:57 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued In Fayetteville

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.

Washington County Clerk Becky Lewallen says 23 licenses were issued Monday morning to same-sex couples. Another license was issued to a heterosexual couple Monday morning as well.

Couples began lining up before the courthouse opened Monday, with one couple arriving at 2:30 a.m. Many couples immediately wed outside the courthouse after receiving the licenses.

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8:46 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Hearing Set In Challenge To Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban

Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case before a circuit judge in Pulaski County.

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.

Late last year, Piazza refused to grant a motion by the state that sought to dismiss the lawsuit, but he also refused to grant a motion by the couples suing, who asked him to block enforcement of the ban.

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3:59 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Civil Rights Figure John Lewis To Speak At Little Rock Event

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who will be speaking at this year's Arkansas Literary Festival.

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.

The festival is to run April 24-27 in Little Rock, and Lewis is scheduled to speak on the closing day.

Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Georgia, took part in sit-ins and freedom rides during the civil rights movement.

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.

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1:02 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Hosts Annual MLK Challenge

75 kids from around Central Arkansas are volunteering their time in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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.

The children, ages 12 to 18, volunteer with eight different sites around Little Rock, including the Dream Center and the Rice Depot.

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