Arkansas Civil Rights

Arkansas House of Representatives
4:55 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

House Passes Resolution Supporting Ban On Gay Marriage

Rep. Jim Dotson (R) of Bentonville sponsored HR1049

 The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a resolution today to reaffirm state constitutional amendment 83. The largely symbolic vote on HR 1049 came as the Supreme Court considers cases this week on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Amendment 83, which was approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2004, banned recognition of same-sex unions in Arkansas.

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Public Opinion
3:41 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Arkansas Still Unsupportive of Gay Marriage

Gay marriage supporters

As the Supreme Court considers the legality of gay marriage this week, the latest national polls show an increasing majority of Americans support same-sex unions. Arkansas, meanwhile, remains largely divided over the issue with a majority who say there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship.

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Local & Regional News
12:21 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Video: Little Rock Central High's Memory Project Brings History To Life

Thelma Mothershed-Wair, one of the Little Rock Nine, and her niece, Amaree Austin

Students at Little Rock’s Central High are embracing the school’s rich history and making it their own. What started out as a freshman civics assignment is now the Memory Project, an ongoing oral history compilation about social and human rights issues.

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Local & Regional News
3:48 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Little Rock Home Of Civil Rights Pioneer Daisy Bates Opens For Tours

A plaque notes the Daisy Bates home at 1208 W. 28th Street in Little Rock as a National Historic Landmark.
Michael Hibblen KUAR

55 years ago, a modest home on West 28th Street in Little Rock was where the Little Rock Nine would meet to coordinate efforts to integrate Central High School.

During the days when National Guard troops kept them out of the school, it’s also where they would meet with tutors in the basement to keep up with their studies.

Today the home of L. C. and Daisy Bates is restored to the way it looked in those days and is available for tours from the National Park Service.

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Local & Regional News
12:53 pm
Wed February 3, 2010

Little Rock Nine Reunite At Central High To Pose For Photo

The Little Rock Nine pose in front of Little Rock's Central High School for the New Yorker magazine.
Michael Hibblen KUAR

The nine African-Americans who integrated Central High School in 1957 are being featured in this week's issue of the New Yorker that looks at civil rights icons.

Standing in front of the school, the nine posed for the renowned photographer known as Platon, who has taken portraits of presidents and world leaders and was brought to Little Rock by the magazine for the assignment.

Members of the Little Rock Nine are now in their late 60s.  Only three live in Arkansas today, with the rest spread out around the world.

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