New Brochure Examines Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas

JULY 20, 2004 - Posted at 3:27 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Tourism officials unveiled a new publication today highlighting Arkansas' civil rights heritage, both the good and the bad.

The 32-page brochure is called "Heritage and Civil Rights Pathways in Arkansas."  It will be placed at welcome centers, airports, state parks and places where it may catch the attention of visitors.

Arkansas tourism director Joe David Rice says the brochure is intended to provide an unvarnished view.

Rice says it's a fair look at the civil rights movement in the state.

The brochure begins by mentioning race riots in Harrison in 1905 and 1909.  It also includes the Little Rock streetcar boycott of 1903, brought about by a law segregating public transportation.

It highlights the careers of prominent black Arkansans, such as Maya Angelou.

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