Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and many community and state-wide partners will begin commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the transforming events surrounding the desegregation of public schools in Little Rock, Arkansas with a four day event running Friday through Monday.




Unveiling and dedication of United sculpture on CHS campus 1:30 p.m.

Debut Screening of Marshall

5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

(Limited seating has already sold out; Movie will open in theaters October 13th)


Arkansas Peace Fest

Noon - 6 p.m.

(Come visit the booths and enjoy the activities in front of the NPS Visitor Center)

Civil Rights Bus Tours

Noon - 4 p.m.

Central Arkansas Student Bands Concert (NPS Mobil Station) Noon - 6 p.m.

UCA Dixieland Band - Jackie Lamar, Director at Noon

Mann Middle School - Cody Jernigan, Director at 1 p.m.

Dunbar Middle School - Jose Halloway, Director at 2 p.m.

North Little Rock High School - Brandon Wilson, Director at 3 p.m.

Parkview Jazz Band -Carlton McGee, Director at 4 p.m.

Central High School Band - Brice Evans, Director at 5 p.m.

Featuring a 60th Commemoration Composition, “The Nine,” by Randall Standbridge

Education Forum:

Free. No reservations required. In Central High’s Library unless otherwise noted.

Authors’ Book Signing:

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

At Visitor Center - LR9 Memoirists Melba Patillo Beals, Thelma Mothershed Wair & Terence Roberts;

At Central High School Library - Scholars on Arkansas’s race and civil rights history including Grif Stockley, Dr. John Kirk, Guy Lancaster, PhD, Sondra Gordy and Janis Kearney; Children’s author, Maria Hoskins. (Purchase books in Visitor Center)

FBI - Federal Hate Crime Investigations Presentation

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Special Agent in Charge Diane Upchurch, Supervisory Special Agent Todd Adams, Supervisory Special Agent William Kennedy, and Special Agent Jacob Stokes.

Intergenerational Panel on Racism & Racial Healing

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Dr. Terence Roberts, with Crystal Mercer, Sam Hoskins & Omavi Shakur

Student Artists & Filmmakers Recognition (Visitor Center)

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Imagine an Inclusive School of the Future Student Art Exhibit, Sept. 1 - 30, 2017

Student Selects 60th Commemoration Short Films screened at 4:30pm

Professional Jazz Concert (NPS Mobil Station)

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Featuring World Premier of No Tears Jazz Suite

Composed by Chris Parker in honor of 60th Commemoration

Imagine If Buildings Could Talk 3D Mapped Video

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Projected onto the front facade of Central High School.


Civil Rights History Bus Tours

Noon - 4 p.m.

Student Selects 60th Commemoration Short Films

4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Civil Twilight Spirit of Central High Ceremony

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

(Music, dance, and spoken word performance held in the NPS Commemorative Garden)

Imagine If Buildings Could Talk 3D laser light show

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

(Projected onto the front façade of Central High School)


60th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony

10 a.m.

(Program will be held in Central High School Auditorium, overflow seating is currently available. Due to limited parking, visitors are encouraged to carpool and arrive early. Accessible parking spaces are available at the visitor center.

These events are open to the public and free of charge. For additional information, please call the park at 501-374-1957 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., visit our website at or follow us at https://www.facebook.compg/CentralHighNPS/.