February Brown Bag Lunch Lectures to center on Black History Month

Old State House Museum - Friday, February 03, 2017

Join us in February for two Brown Bag Lunch Lecture programs honoring Black History Month.

Photo by Will Counts

On Feb. 16, Misti Nicole Harper will speak on "When Middle-Class Black Womanhood Shook the Pedestal: Intersectionality in the Build-Up to Integration at Central High School." This talk will focus on the mothers and families who presented their daughters as candidates for enrollment at CHS, and who took part in the infamous case Aaron v. Cooper. Harper will discuss the ways that Virgil Blossom's dictates for potential candidates unwittingly revealed black middle-class ladies to white Little Rock, as well as Daisy Bates' role in that case alongside the lesser-known women who used their positions as middle-class, respectable women and girls in their community to challenge and claim white conceptions of which women were entitled to privilege and protection — who were entitled to be ladies.

On Feb. 23, Dr. Anthony Newkirk will give a presentation entitled, "On the Trail of Lee and Grace Lorch: Little Rock, 1955-1958."

Join us as Dr. Newkirk talks about the lives of Lee and Grace Lorch. Lee worked as a mathematics professor at Philander Smith during the 1950s. He and his wife were lifelong activitists with leftwing tendencies, although Grace Lorch is most well-known for helping one of the Little Rock Nine during the Central High Crisis in 1957.

Bring your lunch; soft drinks and water will be provided. The free programs begin at noon at the Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham in Little Rock.