PROGRAM: Conversation on Racial and Ethnic Harmony

Presented by:
Arkansas Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Humanities and the Legacy of Race National Partner: NEH Local Partner: K-12 Institutions Subject: Cross-Cultural Understanding, History, K-12 Education, Poetry, Varies Audience: All, Colleges and Universities, Educators, K-12, Young Adult

Arkansas Humanities Council explores issues of race as the sixtieth anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School crisis approaches. Arkansas Humanities Council has been convening a series of Conversations on Racial and Ethnic Harmony events featuring film screenings, panel discussions, and the Arkansas Delta Students Writers Workshop and History Immersion Tour.

About The Arkansas Delta Students Writers Workshop and History Immersion Tour

The workshop and history immersion tour is scheduled for September 22 – 23, 2017 at Pfeifer Camp in Little Rock. Twenty students from the Marvell – Elaine school district and ten students from the Little Rock metropolitan area will be invited to participate. Events will include the Still I Rise Delta Voices Poetry Workshop, the Still I Rise Delta Voices Prose Workshop, a screening of the documentary Step Up, and a Conversation of Racial and Ethnic Harmony: Getting to There from Here, featuring a keynote by Dr. Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine. Together the programming will help foster relationships between law enforcement and local communities as they continue to address social, economic, cultural, racial, and ethnic issues.

About Dr. Carlotta Walls LaNier

Dr. LaNier, the youngest of the Little Rock Nine, often says she was inspired by Rosa Parks when she decided to enroll in Central High School as a sophomore. Dr. LaNier earned a bachelor of science degree from Colorado State College (now the University of Northern Colorado) and began working at the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) as a program administrator for teenagers. She is the founder LaNier and Company, a real estate brokerage firm in Denver, and is the president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation, a scholarship organization dedicated to ensuring equal access to education for African Americans.