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Remembrances in Black: Personal Perspectives of the African American Experience at the University of Arkansas, 1940s–2000s
by Charles F. Robinson II and Lonnie R. Williams
University of Arkansas Press, 2015
Paper: 978-1-55728-675-8 | Cloth: 978-1-55728-953-7 | eISBN: 978-1-61075-342-5
Library of Congress Classification LD233.R63 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 378.76714

With the admittance in 1948 of Silas Hunt to the University of Arkansas Law School, the university became the first southern public institution of higher education to officially desegregate without being required to do so by court order. The process was difficult, but an important first step had been taken. Other students would follow in Silas Hunt's footsteps, and they along with the university would have to grapple with the situation. Remembrances in Black is an oral history that gathers the personal stories of African Americans who worked as faculty and staff and of students who studied at the state's flagship institution. These stories illustrate the anguish, struggle, and triumph of individuals who had their lives indelibly marked by their experiences at the school. Organized chronologically over sixty years, this book illustrates how people of color navigated both the evolving campus environment and that of the city of Fayetteville in their attempt to fulfill personal aspirations. Their stories demonstrate that the process of desegregation proved painfully slow to those who chose to challenge the forces of exclusion. Also, the remembrances question the extent to which desegregation has been fully realized.

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