Library Offers Discussion and Screening on Civil Rights

The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center at Arkansas Tech University will present a panel discussion and film screening concerning civil rights on Tuesday, April 22. The discussion and film screening will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in room 300 of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center. Dr. V. Carole Smith, associate professor of middle level education, attended Russellville High School after desegregation at the school in 1964. Mrs. Barbara Lackey, an Arkansas Tech alumna, was one of the first African-American students to enroll at Arkansas Tech. Both will share their experiences as part of the panel discussion. Following the discussion, those in attendance will watch the documentary “Freedom Riders.” Tuesday’s event is the final portion of a series entitled “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” and it is part of the Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, produced in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. There is no cost to attend the discussion and screening, and the public is invited. For more information, call (479) 964-0569 or visit the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center website.