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Courtesy / Tulsa Historical Society & Museum

A fifteen-year-old survivor details an attack by a furious white mob on her Greenwood District family home, which left hundreds of black Tulsans injured and dead, and a prosperous African-American neighborhood in ruins on June 1st, 1921.

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This week marks one year since the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Books on systemic racism were on bestseller’s list, protests were happening globally, but there's still a lot change that needs to happen.

Courtesy / Washington County Remembrance Project

A ceremony this weekend will unveil a marker noting the murders of three Black Fayetteville residents by a white mob. The three enslaved people who lost their lives to racial terror in Washington County, Arkansas in 1856 were accused of murdering their enslaver — an accusation, researchers claim, is based on hearsay evidence. 

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As many as a thousand African American residents of Catcher, an unincorporated community in rural Crawford County, were driven from their homes in the early 1920s after an alleged murder of a white woman by a black man. University of Arkansas doctoral candidate Michael Anthony, who is investigating the circumstances surrounding the race riot, will present a virtual lecture on Catcher at 11 a.m.

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On Thursday, the Task Force to Advance the State of Law Enforcement in Arkansas delivered its recommendations to Governor Asa Hutchinson, who established the group in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests around the country. The task force included law enforcement and community activists and delivered 27 recommendations.

After five months of meetings, the Task Force to Advance the State of Law Enforcement in Arkansas is getting ready to submit its report and recommendations to Governor Asa Hutchinson. We check back in with KenDrell Collins, an attorney in Little Rock, and Jimmy Warren, a community activist in Conway, who are both members of the task force, to find out more about the work the group has been doing since June.

Courtesy / Aaron William Clarke / City of Rogers

Aaron William Clarke, a community organizer and co-founder of Bridge the Gap NWA, is running against incumbent Mark Kruger for Rogers City Council — the first African American to do so.

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Over Labor Day weekend, Aaron C. Williams, co-founder of the new Northwest Arkansas race reconciliation group, Bridge the Gap, traveled to Harrison to host a community cookout on the town square. In the days leading up to the event, Williams invited white nationalists from the region, including a local chapter of the KKK, to join him in finding common ground. A film crew from ABC Nightline was also on hand following Williams campaign for a segment scheduled for air Sept. 21.

Courtesy / Harrison Chamber of Commerce

The Boone County Quorum Court, Harrison City Council and Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce signed identical resolutions yesterday that denounce racism and encourage the Arkansas legislature to introduce and pass comprehensive hate crime legislation.

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After Fayetteville voters approved nearly $37 million in funding for a new police department headquarters in a special election in 2019, the city has entered the design phase of the project. But following the recent police shootings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake, opponents are calling for the money to be invested elsewhere.