Events at the Libraries
Jim Crow in the Natural State: A Look at White Supremacy in Arkansas History|
2/25/2009, UA School of Law WATR 342
Arkansas historian and author Grif Stockley gave a lecture in honor of Black History Month entitled "Jim Crow in the Natural State: A Look at White Supremacy in Arkansas History." A reception began at 3 p.m., with the lecture following at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25 in the UA School of Law Room 342. Following the lecture, Stockley signed copies of his most recent book, Ruled by Race: Black/White Relations in Arkansas from Slavery to the Present, published by the University of Arkansas Press. The Press offered copies of the book for sale at the event, with proceeds going to the University of Arkansas Libraries' Special Collections Department.
The book describes the ways that race has been at the center of much of the state’s formation and image since its founding. Stockley’s goal in writing the book was to bring to life the voices of both black and white, those who have both studied and lived the racial experience in Arkansas. Topics range from slavery to the well-known Central High Crisis of 1957 to lesser-known events, such as the Elaine Race Massacre of 1919, and the sadly commonplace attitudes found every day in newspaper reports and speeches.
Stockley is the author of several books, including Race Relations in the Natural State; Daisy Bates: Civil Rights Crusader from Arkansas, winner of the Ragsdale Award from the Arkansas Historical Association and the Arkansiana Award from the Arkansas Library Association, and Blood in Their Eyes: The Elaine Race Massacres of 1919, winner of the Booker Worthen Prize from the Central Arkansas Library System and recipient of a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History.
An attorney who has worked with the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, the Disability Rights Center, and the Arkansas branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, Stockley completed Ruled by Race while serving as a historian and curriculum specialist at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies in Little Rock.
This event was co-sponsored by the Special Collections Department, the School of Law, and the University of Arkansas Press.