Social Justice Archive

Southern Stories: Campaign for Racial Equality

[This letter was written as a part of the Other Arkansas collective and represents a myriad of voices. A shortened version of this letter was submitted to the Courier newspaper. Please join us THIS Saturday in Dardanelle for a community event and please consider signing your name to this letter and asking others to do the
Category: African American History

What the Children Will Expect of Us: A Living Room Conversation

Last week a coalition of several organizations and individuals across the south launched a media campaign calling on white people in small towns and rural areas to stand up against white supremacy and break through the cultures of silence surrounding race and racism. Our media campaign is just the first step in our collective long
Category: Arkansas

Trail of Tears 175th Anniversary

Earlier this week the Cherokee Nation marked the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the final group of Cherokees into what is now the state of Oklahoma Arriving on March 24, 1839, this final detachment marked an ending to the Trail of Tears. According to historians, the term Trail of Tears most likely originated with
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

Why I’ll Be Marching: Alex Handfinger on Southerners United for Dignity and Reform

On October 12th Arkansans will come together to march for immigration reform. Organized by the Southeast Immigrants Rights Network in partnership with Arkansas United Community Coalition, and coinciding with a two-day conference to be held at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, two simultaneous marches will take place across the city beginning at 3:00 pm—one
Category: Arkansas

“No One Here Should Ever Go Hungry:” Harmony Gardens

We recently wrote about an upcoming workday taking place at Harmony Gardens in Russellville, Arkansas. I had a chance to attend to the workday and learn a bit more about the people operating the garden and the motivations behind their work. Located on two large corner lots belonging to the First United Methodist Church in
Category: Arkansas

Summer Reading Series: Right to DREAM: Immigration Reform and America’s Future

This week’s column continues the summer reading series, a look at books—both recent and decades old—that shed light on history and everyday life in central Arkansas. Published this year by the University of Arkansas Press, Right to DREAM: Immigration Reform and America’s Future is a look at the the importance of the DREAM ACT and
Category: Arkansas

Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action:Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro.

A recent book published by the University of Arkansas Press, Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro, follows the work of the Greensboro, North Carolina Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a citizen led initiative exploring the events of November of 1979 when five Greensboro protesters were shot and killed by the Ku Klux
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“The Thirteen,” an Exhibit and Live Music/Spoken Word Performance Paying Homage to Thirteen Black Women Lynched in Kentucky.

The Morlan Gallary on the campus of Transylvania University in central Kentucky is currently hosting the exhibit “The Thirteen,” a visual art exhibition and live musical/spoken word performance paying homage to thirteen black women and girls who were lynched or otherwise violently murdered in Kentucky. According to the university, “The exhibit will feature photographs and video
Category: African American

Growing and Gleaning for Food Banks in Central Arkansas

Hunger is a problem throughout the United States, especially in Arkansas which ranks third in the nation for instances of food insecurity. Access to fresh food is especially difficult for people in low income communities who may not have access to grocery stores providing a regular supply of fresh food. And many fruits and vegetables
Category: Arkansas