Arkansas Civil Rights

Local & Regional News
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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Local & Regional News
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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Local & Regional News
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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Local & Regional News
6:15 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

North Little Rock Apartment Complex Faces Discrimination Complaint

The National Fair Housing Alliance says it has found evidence that an apartment complex in North Little Rock discriminated against deaf rental applicants. The organization filed a complaint Thursday with the Department of Housing and Urban Development based on findings from a months-long investigation.

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Local & Regional News
8:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Hearing Begins In Case Over Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban

A Pulaski County judge has opened a hearing in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage.

State voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. A number of same-sex couples filed suit this year asking that the amendment be set aside.

The lawsuit names officials from around the state, including county clerks and the state of Arkansas. The government wants the case dismissed, while those who sued are seeking an injunction to stop enforcement of the amendment.

Central Arkansas Schools
6:05 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Desegregation Agreement Reached, Joshua Intervenors On Board

From left: Little Rock School Board Members Tara Shephard, Jody Carreiro, Norma Jean Johnson, Greg Adams and C.E. McAdoo discuss the agenda before the start of the meeting
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Three Pulaski County School Districts, the state of Arkansas, a group called the Knight Intervenors and a group representing black families have agreed to settle a decades-long lawsuit.

The settlement would have the state send about 65 million dollars a year to the three districts for four more years among other provisions. The fate of the deal hinged on a Little Rock School Board meeting on Monday.

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Local & Regional News
10:11 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Arkansas Criminal Justice Project Continues Prison Research

Adjoa A. Aiyetoro directs the Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System project.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Efforts are underway to examine the criminal justice system in Arkansas and eventually come up with recommendations to improve state prisons.

UALR Bowen Law School professor Adjoa Aiyetoro is overseeing the project. She’s been working with elected officials and community leaders for nearly a year on research concerning racial disparities in sentencing and treatment at Arkansas courts and prisons.

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Local & Regional News
8:30 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas King Commission Prepares Symbolic March On Washington

Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host a series of events in the state to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

King Commission Executive Director DuShun Scarbrough says a reenactment of that historic march during Civil Rights Movement will take place in Little Rock in an effort to promote dialogue and encourage Arkansans to end violence.

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Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Tue July 16, 2013

At Arkansas Vigil, Calls For Racial Justice

A vigil on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol Monday evening.
Credit Brian Chilson/ The Arkansas Times

A vigil at the steps of the Arkansas Capitol to mark the Trayvon Martin verdict changed focus after Little Rock police fatally shot a fleeing suspect.

Chants of "No justice, no peace," punctuated remarks by several speakers who called for an end to racial profiling and violence in the black community.

Little Rock resident Will McClinton said George Zimmerman's acquittal in Martin's killing is equal to "a green light" to kill black males.

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Gay Rights in Arkansas
6:42 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Gay Marriage Advocate Griffin Touts Equality Campaign At Clinton School

Chad Griffin and Kathy Webb discuss same-sex marriage to a packed Sturgis Hall at the Clinton School of Public Service

As supporters of same-sex unions around the country celebrate recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, activists are continuing the fight to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states.

At the Clinton School of Public Service Monday, Hope native Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign spoke of his organization's efforts to challenge laws banning gay marriage.

He called for Arkansas' elected officials to support a civil right he says would mean equal treatment for more citizens.

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