Race Relations

Former President Bill Clinton
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton is to deliver the keynote address at a ceremony next month that will cap four days of events commemorating the 60th anniversary of the integration of Little Rock’s Central High School. The eight surviving members of the Little Rock Nine, who integrated the formerly all-white school in 1957, are also expected to take part.

Ted Bonner
KATV, Channel 7 News

The Blevins school board member who sparked protests by dressing in blackface for a party was given an award as the "Outstanding School Board Member"

KATV Channel 7 reports that Ted Bonner was recognized Monday night during the board's regularly scheduled meeting. Only 28 people were allowed inside, with officials citing orders by the Fire Marshal's office.

Outside of the room, several people opposed to Bonner stood listening to what was going on inside.

Ted Bonner
KATV, Channel 7 News

The Arkansas NAACP and several residents are calling for the resignation of a school board member in eastern Arkansas after photos surfaced of him in blackface while holding a sign referring to the Black Lives Matter movement.

NAACP members and others demanded Ted Bonner's resignation Monday during a Blevins School Board meeting. But the board's president, Justice West, says there's no mechanism for removing Bonner, who has refused to resign. Bonner has two years left in his term.

rohwer
astate.edu

A $2.8 million grant from the National Park Service will support projects planned at camps where Japanese-Americans were held during World War II.

The projects include the Rohwer and the Jerome relocation centers in southeastern Arkansas.

Gov.'s Radio Column: Black History

Feb 13, 2016
Governor Asa Hutchinson radio address
Office of the Governor

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of Feb. 13, 2016:

February is a month for many things, but perhaps most importantly, it’s a month of remembrance. It’s a time to celebrate Black History and share the stories and legacies that contribute to our nation’s place in history.

A committee has chosen a new mascot for a Fort Smith high school after the school board voted to phase out the Rebels mascot.

KHBS-TV reports the committee voted for the Mavericks as the new Southside High School mascot. The moniker received 25 votes, while Patriots received three votes.

The committee met Monday to consider the top names picked by students. The Mavericks and Spartans were the top two vote-getters among students.

billboard racist pro-white
Russellville Courier

A billboard with a pro-white message erected earlier this week in Russellville is drawing criticism from city officials.

The billboard, which states "It's Not Racist To Love (heart symbol) Your Own People," is the second with a pro-white message to be displayed in the state. The first billboard was erected in Harrison.