LR Mayor Names Commission for Central High Anniversary

by Arkansas Business staff  on Friday, May. 14, 2004 11:14 am  

Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey announced this week the members of the Central High Integration 50th Anniversary Commission.

The 16-member body is led by co-chairs Virgil Miller of Metropolitan Bank and Nancy Rousseau, who is principal of Little Rock Central High School.

The Commission will plan events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine integrating Little Rock Central High School.

Joining the Mayor and co-chairs in making the announcement was Arkansas State Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert Brown. Brown, who was also at Central to address classes, was one of the more than 3,000 students affected when the Little Rock high schools were closed during the 1958-59 school year.

Brown, Miller and Rousseau all noted the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education US Supreme Court decision. Rousseau will be attending a conference in New York next week to discuss that case. In relating the case to Central High, Brown noted that the Little Rock Nine "turned the formal prose of the United States Supreme Court into a beautiful reality."

Also on the commission are Dr. Edith Altheimer (City of Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission), Annie Abrams (community leader), Shannon Butler (William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation and Central class of 1995), Dale Charles (NAACP), William Clark (CDI Contractors and Central class of 1987), Cynthia East (Cynthia East Fabrics), Ashley Fisher (Office of the Arkansas Attorney General and Central class of 1989), Schawnee Hightower (Alltel Corp. and Central class of 1987), Mike Madell (Central High School National Historic Site), Dr. Johanna Miller Lewis (UALR History Department), Blake Rutherford (Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP and Central class of 1996), Derrick Smith (Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard), Darrin Williams (Cauley Bowman Carney & Williams and Central class of 1986), and Reginald Wright (Baldwin Shell Construction and Central class of 1990).

Carlotta Walls LaNier and Minnijean Brown Trickey will be representing the Little Rock Nine in working with the commission.



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