We visit a lot of places that stick with us on our travels and filming for our PBS series. Little Rock Central High School, a National Historic Site managed by the National Park Service, is one that had a particularly strong impact. On September 25th, the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High School will be marked with a ceremony at Central High School with former President Bill Clinton as the keynote speaker. Clinton also spoke in 2007 at the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock school crisis. The Little Rock Nine Members will also be in attendance.
From Friday, September 22, through the Sunday, September 24, Little Rock will play host to other commemoration events, including a concert and interfaith service, sponsored by the City of Little Rock, and the Little Rock School District (LRSD).
Little Rock Central High School is the only functioning high school to be located within the boundary of a national historic site. It stood at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. On our visit to film for “Travels with Darley’s” second season and “Little Rock” episode, Enimini Ekong, Chief of Interpretation and Education, took us back in time to relive the events that occurred.
Watch our interview with Enimini and honor the past in commemoration of this important anniversary. Learn more about upcoming commemoration events from the Little Rock CVB.