I am honored to have my quilt “It Takes a Nation” hanging at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site next week. My quilt is part of a traveling show with The Fiber Artists for Hope group. It is my goal that people must be educated toTHINK before they act on feelings of indifference, hate, or prejudice.
This historic venue is commemorating the 55th anniversary of the desegregation crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas.
In the fall of 1957 Little Rock became the symbol of state resistance to school desegregation. Nine African-American high school students sought an education at the all-white Little Rock Central High School.
The controversy in Little Rock was the first fundamental test of the United States resolve to enforce African-American civil rights in the face of massive southern defiance during that period. When President Dwight D. Eisenhower was compelled by white mob violence to use federal troops to ensure the rights of African-American children to attend the previously all-white school, he became the first president since the post-Civil War Reconstruction period to use federal troops in support of African-American civil rights.
Opening night events start on September 21st and go until September 25th. Check out the events at the link below: