Central, Toward Acceptance
A Collection of Oral Histories from Students of Little
Rock Central High
Edited by Mackie O’Hara and Alex Richardson
Stories the students think others should know
The Memory Project started as a one-time assignment for ninth
graders in the Class of 2007 at Little Rock Central High School
to prepare for the 50th anniversary of Central’s historic
desegregation in 1957. But the stories they heard and the
lessons they learned wouldn’t let the project stop.
Next came a website (www.lrchmemory.org),
and now comes this book of stories the students think others
should know. Beyond Central, Toward Acceptance recounts
the lessons the students learned from a generation’s
struggle to fulfill the national promise of civil rights,
salutes those who became agents of change, and exemplifies
what high school students can contribute to the history of
their community and the nation.
6 x 9, 242 pages, 17 illustrations
Distributed for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.