Racism

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This past Friday, Gayatri Agnew, who is a member of the Bentonville City Council, and Monica Kumar held a Stop Asian Hate vigil outside The Momentary in conjunction with a national day of action and healing. The vigil comes after a man shot and killed six women of Asian descent in Atlanta, Georgia and a former Bentonville fire captain was accused of assaulting a Vietnamese man in Hot Springs after asking him whether he knew this was America.

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University of Arkansas students are once again calling on school leadership to remove the names and images of Arkansas U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright and former Gov. Charles Hillman Brough from campus. The Black Student Caucus and other student organizers held an anti-racism march this weekend to bring attention to what they say is inaction from university administration.

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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.

Organizers wrapped up a week of events in Arkansas with a virtual press conference Friday where they announced plans to create legislation that works toward racial healing in the state. Sen. Joyce Elliott is working on the bill which would recognize the National Day of Racial Healing as an official statewide observance, establish community remembrance projects in all 75 counties, and exonerate Elaine Massacre defendants.

The Washington County Community Remembrance Project, a group of Fayetteville citizens committed to documenting and commemorating a troubling racial history, is hosting a high school essay contest in collaboration with the Equal Justice Initiative.  Top award winners will share a $5,000 cash prize. The Fayetteville Public Library is hosting a virtual essay contest workshop on Jan. 27 at 4:30 pm.

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.

Courtesy / Harrison Community Task Force on Race Relations

A Change.org petition demands the removal of a billboard in Harrison advertising a White Nationalist internet broadcast. The hate billboard is one of a half dozen erected, then taken down over the past decade.

Courtesy / Lester Jones, c.1934, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

A new website recounts the lynching of three men in Washington County in 1856. The creators of the website also want to establish a memorial to the men and say we have to understand how the past, present and future of the region are deeply linked.

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A program on racial terror lynching in Washington County will be presented at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History this Saturday at 2 p.m., by Margaret Holcomb, a local history writer, and RoAnne Elliot, with the Washington County Community Remembrance Project Coalition.

Kwami Abdul-Bey

Kwami and Clarice Abdul-Bey, based in Pulaski County, are coordinating the formation of the Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement to document and mark where racial terror, lynchings and riots have occurred across Arkansas.