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History professor to discuss 1960s desegregation in Little Rock schools

~News Release from UA Little Rock~

Dr. James Ross, history professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will hold a talk on 1960s-era desegregation in Little Rock schools.

The lecture, “Some Degree of Separation: Education in Little Rock in the 1960s,'” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Ottenheimer Auditorium in the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St. in downtown Little Rock. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m., and the talk is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

The lecture involves an examination of the experiences of those directly involved in the situation, including a student, a civil rights leader, and a school board member.

“After federal courts ordered the desegregation of Little Rock’s schools, a new generation of white leaders arose who accepted a small degree of desegregation if it saved the public schools and prevented more extreme policies,” Ross said.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University History Institute’s Evenings with History Series.

For more information, contact the UA Little Rock History Department at 501.569.3235 or Jess Porter at jcporter@ualr.edu.

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