LITTLE ROCK, AR - Workers began assembling a stage and risers in front of Little Rock Central High School yesterday, as the campus prepared to mark the 50th anniversary of its desegregation.
Organizers say they expect more than 5,000 people at the school Tuesday for the commemoration of the day nine black students were escorted into the all-white school. Former President Bill Clinton will be the event's featured speaker.
The city is marking the integration of Central High with a series of galas, lectures and other events. On Monday, the National Park Service will dedicate a new visitor center across the street from the school in an event featuring Congressman John Lewis from Georgia and Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.
Also today, the Democratic Party of Arkansas donated $25,000 to the anniversary commission.