Early Days of the Movement Archive

Central Arkansas Delegation for Worker Democracy

The central Arkansas delegation is now safe in sound in Massachusetts at the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy! They’re learning all kinds of amazing things and will be bringing all this knowledge back to the larger community in the near future! Thanks so much to everyone who helped to support getting them there. If you’re
Category: Arkansas

The Children Will Expect This of Us: A Response to the Rebel Ride

    This short piece was submitted as a letter to the editor of the Courier newspaper  (hence the short length) on behalf of the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources.  This coming Sunday there will be a Rebel Ride at Old Post Road Park in response to recent national calls to remove the Confederate flag
Category: African American

Ed Whitfield Visits Little Rock: More on the Renaissance Community Co-Op

Last week Datule Artist Collective and Little Rock Collective Liberation hosted an afternoon discussion with Whitfield to drive collective action in central Arkansas and beyond.  A longtime organizer originally from Little Rock, Whitfield gave a talk entitled “Blood, Bones, and Dirt,” which focused on the long history of slavery and capitalism while also offering examples of democratic power building
Category: African American History

An Afternoon With Ed Whitfield: Collective Community Building

  We know that many of our readers are interested and/or directly involved in work with food justice, local alternative economies, anti-racist organizing, cooperatives, and community building.  These movements have long been a part of Arkansas and are gaining ground in our state as more and more people in both urban and rural areas become
Category: African American

Friday Video: Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Project

This week’s Friday Video highlights the work of Highlander Research and Education Center’s Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Project. This program brings together cultural organizers from around the south to learn from other grassroots organizations and develop strategies for their home communities. Drawing from local cultures, participants gain skills to help them better advocate for community
Category: Arkansas

Friday Video: “The Voice of the People,” KABF on NBC Nightly News, 1990.

In this week’s Friday Video we take a look at one of Arkansas’s most-loved community radio stations.  Little Rock, Arkansas’s KABF radio , “the voice of the people,” has been serving the community for decades.  F0llow them online and listen live here. Check out this great national profile of the station from way back in 1990.
Category: Arkansas

VISTA Programing, Crafts Co-Op, and War on Poverty in Central Arkansas: ARVAC in Encyclopedia of Arkansas

  In the last year many of our Seed and the Story columns have focused on the history of the ARVAC (Arkansas River Valley Area Congress). Through our work via the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action we recently wrote an entry for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture about the
Category: Arkansas

Created Equal Film Series

Arkansas Tech University, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, is hosting a film series entitled Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. Two films have already been shown—Slavery by Another Name and The Loving Story-–but community members still have an opportunity to catch the final two films before the series ends on April
Category: African American History

Early Years of the Little Rock Food Movement: A Discussion with Nao Ueda and Katy Elliot

The Central Arkansas food movement is growing rapidly. The recent Fresh Guide published by the Arkansas Local Food Network lists over sixty school and community gardens  and urban farms operating in the area and an increasing number of cafes and restaurants serving local food .(To read our piece on the guide click here). What’s especially inspiring is the
Category: Arkansas

Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas by Just Seeds Artists’ Cooperative

Published in 2010, Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas, is a collection of 100 plus portraits and short biographies of people who fought for freedom and equality in North, South, and Central America. A historical record and an inspirational primer, this collection, reads the introduction, “is for anyone who has sat, trembling with frustration and disappointment, in a
Category: African American History