CENTRAL HIGH SYMPOSIUM
8:30 a.m., Philander Smith College. Free.
In honor of the 52nd anniversary of the desegregation of Central High, Philander Smith, UALR and the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site team to offer a two-day symposium, “Speaking the Truth on Social Issues and Politics in the 21st Century.” That bold goal confronts on five topics — education, race relations, economics, politics and health and wellness. On Thursday, the Times' Max Brantley facilitates discussion by the education panel (10:15 a.m.), which includes, among others, Dr. Terrence Roberts and civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez (famous for her role in Mendez v. Westminster). Later, Carlotta Walls LaNier and Ralph Brodie are among those who discuss race relations (1:15 p.m.), and Delta Trust's French Hill and others talk economics (3 p.m.). Missouri State Sen. Maidi Coleman kicks off Friday with a keynote address (9 a.m.), to be followed by a session on politics (10:15 a.m.) moderated by Mayor Mark Stodola and featuring Ernest Green, state Rep. Kathy Webb and others. A session on health and wellness (1:30 p.m.) concludes the sessions, and descendants of Homer Plessy and John Ferguson provide closing remarks. To get more info go to http://www.nps.gov/chsc.