Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Arkansas History

Arkansas' Integration History 

The Brown v. Board decision in May 1954 found racial segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional. Though Arkansas gained national attention with the 1957 integration crisis at Little Rock Central High School, the stories of schools and districts across the state who integrated before 1957 have gone largely unheard. We want to highlight the more successful integrations, as well as the struggles faced as districts worked to meet the Supreme Court’s May 1954 ruling in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of Arkansas’ integration history.

Arkansas History Resources

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Melissa StarkeySocial Studies Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 303-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-6584

State Standards

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Licensure & Certification

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