TUESDAY , September 24 – Opening Night
6 p.m. ANNIVERSARY KICKOFF, SIX PIONEERS PANEL featuring GEORGE HALEY, ORIGINAL PIONEER AND KEYNOTE REMARKS featuring REENA EVERS-EVERETTE, DAUGHTER OF CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST MEDGAR EVERS. George Haley, the only surviving member of the Six Pioneers - the first African-American students to desegregate the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (U of A) School of Law - and the descendants of the Six Pioneers will discuss the role of moral courage and the change that occurred in the hills of northern Arkansas over 65 years ago. Their footsteps on the foothills of conviction cleared a path for the desegregation of Hoxie Elementary in 1955 and Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The U of A School of Law was the first southern white university to accept African-American students since Reconstruction. The Six Pioneers, The Honorable Rodney Slater, Attorney John W. Walker, Sr., Judge Wiley A. Branton, Jr., Sanford Tollette, IV, Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton and Robin Woods Loucks will be recipients of the Soul of Humanity Award given in recognition of outstanding commitment and service to social justice and lifelong action in the struggle for civil rights.
The evening will close with remarks from Reena Denise Evers-Everette.
Location: Philander Smith College - Kendall Science and Health Mission Center