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60th Commemoration of the Desegregation at Little Rock Central High School 

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September 1-30

9:00AM – 4:30 PM. “Imagine the Inclusive School of the Future” art exhibit, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center, 2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock. FREE.

Friday, September 8

6:00 – 8:00 PM. “The Surface of the Sky,” an original composition for percussion commemorating the courage of the Little Rock Nine, composed and performed by Blake Tyson (UCA), coordinated by UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, 100 S. Rock St., Little Rock. FREE.

Monday, September 18

3:00 – 4:00 PM. “Imagine If Buildings Could Talk: Mapping the History of Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site” kick-off reception, coordinated by UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication. Mirror Room, McAlister Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. FREE.

Wednesday, September 20

6:00 PM. “Community Story Circle: Fear, Courage, and Resilience,” facilitated by Core Performance Company, coordinated by UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication and ACANSA. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock. FREE. (Reserve your seat at mosaictemplarscenter.com/events/events-calendar-list).

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

6:00 PM. “Education by Design: The History and Design of the Little Rock Central High School and Dunbar Junior/Senior High School,” presentation by Mason Toms and Kwendeche. Coordinated by American Institute of Architects, Arkansas Chapter, and American Society of Interior Designers. Dunbar Magnet Middle School Auditorium, 1100 Wright Ave., Little Rock. Lecture preceded by 5:00 p.m. reception at Pyramid Art, Books, & Custom Framing, Hearne Fine Art, 1001 Wright Ave., Little Rock. FREE.

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Will Counts: The Central High School Photographs gallery experience and conversation with CORE Performance Company, coordinated by UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication and ACANSA. Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. 9th St., Little Rock. FREE.
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Lunch and Learn, “William Grant Still’s Neglected Masterpiece: Troubled Island,” a lecture with selected scenes from the opera performed by Opera In The Rock. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock. Bring your lunch. FREE.
  • 1:30 – 2:00 PM. Dedication of “United” sculpture on the grounds of Little Rock Central High School, Sponsored by the City of Little Rock. 1600 S. Park St., Little Rock. FREE.
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM. “Civil Twilight” dance/spoken word event open rehearsal with CORE Performance Company. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Commemorative Garden, 2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock. FREE.
  • 7:30 PM. Concert version of Troubled Island, an opera by William Grant Still, with libretto by Langston Hughes, presented with narration by Opera In The Rock. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock. FREE.

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Paul Laurence Dunbar Community Festival, “The Power of Us through Community, History, and Art,” Dunbar history exhibit, Horace Mann alumni oral history, seminars, poetry slam, Arkansas artists and authors showcase. Food, kids activities, and more. Sponsored by Dunbar Historic Neighborhood Association. Dunbar Magnet Middle School, 1100 Wright Ave., Little Rock. FREE.
  • 9:00 – 11:30 AM. Education Forum. Sponsored by the City of Little Rock. Clinton Presidential Center Great Hall, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock. FREE. For more info, visit http://www.centralhigh60th.org/event/concert-as-a-fundraiser-for-the-little-rock-nine-foundation/
  • 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM. Exhibit of student artwork, “Imagine the Inclusive School of the Future Art Contest,” coordinated by the FBI Little Rock Field Office and UCA. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitors Center, 2120 W. Daisy Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock. FREE.
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. “A Day of Remembrance: The 60th Commemoration of the Desegregation Crisis at Little Rock Central High School,” Bi-Annual Youth Summit sponsored by the John Cain Foundation and New Africa Alliance. Presentations by The Chris James Journey, Cory Mason, and Jamal Saffeeullah. Hampton Building, 1102 Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock. FREE.
  • 12:00 – 5:30 PM. Bus Tours of neighborhood civil rights architectural landmarks coordinated by Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, UCA Department of History, and UCA Motor Pool. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitors Center. 2120 W. Daisy Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock. FREE. Reserve your seats at http://TInyURL.com/yaufz877.
    • Bus A: 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 4:00 PM (An ASL interpreter will provide interpretation for the 4:00 PM bus.)
    • Bus B: 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM
    • Bus C: 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM (Bus C is wheelchair accessible.)
  • 12:00 – 6:00 PM. Music performances by student ensembles from area high schools and colleges, coordinated by UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication and Oxford American Literary Project. Magnolia/Mobil Service Station outdoor stage, 2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock, FREE.
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM. “Imagine the Inclusive School of the Future” art exhibit awards, ceremony and conversation. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitors Center, 2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock. FREE.
  • 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Neighborhood jazz pop up featuring jazz artists Brian Blade, Bill Huntington, and Chris Parker, coordinated by Ryan Harris of Oxford American’s Jazz Series and UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication. The concert will include a new ensemble jazz composition by Little Rock native Chris Parker, “No Tears Suite,” inspired by Melba Pattillo Beals’s memoir Warriors Don’t Cry, which recounts her experience as one of the nine black teenagers chosen to integrate Central High School in 1957. Magnolia/Mobile Service Station outdoor stage, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitors Center. 2120 W. Daisy Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock. FREE.
  • 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Concert fundraiser for the Little Rock Nine Foundation, coordinated by the City of Little Rock. Robinson Performance Hall, 426 W. Markham St., Little Rock. For ticket information, visit http://www.centralhigh60th.org/event/concert-as-a-fundraiser-for-the-little-rock-nine-foundation/.
  • 7:30 – 9:30 PM. 3-D mapped video, “Imagine If Buildings Could Talk,” projected on the Central High front façade by UCA video artist Scott Meador with original score, titled “Surface of the Sky,” by UCA percussionist Blake Tyson. (This nine-minute video will run every 15 minutes.) 1500 S. Park St., Little Rock. FREE.

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

  • 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM Exhibit of student artwork, “Imagine the Inclusive School of the Future Art Contest,” coordinated by the FBI Little Rock Field Office and UCA. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitors Center, 2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock. FREE.
  • 12:00 – 5:30 PM. Bus Tours of neighborhood civil rights architectural landmarks coordinated by Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, UCA Department of History, and UCA Motor Pool. FREE. Reserve your seats at http://TInyURL.com/yaufz877.
    • Bus A: 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 4:00 PM (An ASL interpreter will provide interpretation for the 4:00 PM bus.)
    • Bus B: 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM
    • Bus C: 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM (Bus C is wheelchair accessible.)
  • 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Children of the Little Rock Nine Panel Discussion. Robinson Performance Hall, 425 W. Markham, Little Rock. For ticket information, visit http://www.centralhigh60th.org/event/children-of-the-little-rock-nine-panel-discussion/
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Interfaith Service. Sponsored by the City of Little Rock. Robinson Performance Hall, 425 W. Markham, Little Rock. For ticket information, visit http://www.centralhigh60th.org/event/interfaith-service/.
  • 6:00 – 7:15 PM. “Civil Twilight: Reflections on Fear, Courage, and Resilience,” dance/spoken word event with Core Performance Company, LeRon McAdoo, Marcus Montgomery, and Central High Writeous Poetry Club with remarks by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Tania León (composer of the Little Rock Nine opera). Coordinated by UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication and ACANSA. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Commemorative Garden, 2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock. FREE.
  • 7:30 – 9:30 PM. 3-D mapped video, “Imagine If Buildings Could Talk,” projected on the Central High front façade by UCA video artist Scott Meador with original score, titled “Surface of the Sky,” by UCA percussionist Blake Tyson. (This 9-minute video will run every 15 minutes). 1500 S. Park St., Little Rock. FREE.

Monday, Sept. 25, 2017

  • 10:00 – 11:30 AM. Central High School Commemorative Ceremony, Central High School Auditorium. Members of the Little Rock Nine, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and the Honorable William Jefferson Clinton will speak. 1500 S. Park St., Little Rock. FREE. Reserve your seat at http://www.centralhigh60th.org/event/commemoration-ceremony/.
  • 12:00 – 1:30 PM. “Mind Blazin'” forum and lunch facilitated by LeRon and Stacey McAdoo, coordinated by the UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock. FREE. Reserve your seat at mosaictemplarscenter/events/events-calendar-list.
  • 7:30 PM. “An Evening with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Tania León: Turning History into Art,” lecture with preview performance of one scene from the Little Rock Nine opera, commissioned by the University of Central Arkansas. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 201 Donaghey, Ave., Conway. $15 for the general public, $5 for students, children, and the UCA community. For ticket information, visit uca.edu/tickets.

UCA is committed to providing events that are accessible to the widest possible audience regardless of mobility, endurance and cognitive and sensory abilities.


This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Gayle Seymour at gayles@uca.edu or call 501-450-3295.