Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Arkansas

Perspectives on the African American and Latino/a Experience

On May 11-12, the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, along with the UALR Department of History, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and the Central Arkansas Library System, will hold a conference on the African-American and Latino/a experience in Arkansas. This Winthrop Rockefeller Centennial Conference will address one of Governor Rockefeller’s primary concerns: the quest for racial and ethnic justice and equality.

For more information about the conference, call the UALR Department of History at 501.569.3235.

Conference Details

Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, 2012 Darragh Center, CALS Main Library (see on map)

About the Conference

From early boyhood holidays at the Hampton Institute in Virginia, to sitting on the board of the National Urban League, to promoting African-American equality through gubernatorial appointments, Governor Rockefeller played an important role in shaping better race relations within Arkansas and the nation. This Centennial Conference honors his interest by focusing on the question: How did African-Americans’ and Latino/a's experience in the state compare to that in other states? Taking Governor Rockefeller’s experience as a benchmark, the conference will examine the broader context of race and ethnicity in the state over time. This conference brings together a number of scholars to produce the first comprehensive and collaborative overview of the African-American and Latino/a experience in the state that will subsequently be published as a conference volume.