Contributions of African Americans (Act 561)

Resources for Historical Contributions Made by African-Americans (Act 561)

Act 561 of 2017 (A.C.A. § 6-16-121) provided direction to the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to update the materials and resources for the teaching of historical contributions made by African-Americans in the United States and in other countries prior to the establishment of the United States for inclusion in the appropriate curricula of all kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) of all public schools in Arkansas.

The links in the Historical Contributions Made by African-Americans document provide lessons and resources for the teaching of historical contributions made by African-Americans in the United States and in other countries prior to the establishment of the United States. They are organized into grade-level bands.

Act 561 Video from the Arkansas Bar Association

video about Martin Luther King

The above video is from the Arkansas Bar Association, a private, nonprofit, voluntary organization of over 5,000 licensed attorneys.  The Association is committed to advancing the fair administration of justice and upholding high ideals of integrity, competence, public service, learning, and high standards of conduct.  These ideals are better implemented when the Association is committed to fostering diversity among the bar and bench.  Hence, the Arkansas Bar Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (ABCDI) plays an integral role in this mission, and to that end, ABCDI proudly presents to the Arkansas Department of Education our Act 561 of 2017 video.   The lesson is about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an iconic civil rights leader, and his intricate role in helping all Americans, particularly those who have been historically marginalized, reach equal status with one another in our society.  

If you would like to learn more about the Arkansas Bar Association, you should contact the Arkansas Bar Center, 2224 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR, www.arkbar.com (501) 375-4606.

For more information, please contact:

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
Email: melissa.starkey@ade.arkansas.gov