Remembrances in Black: Personal Perspectives of the African American Experience at the University of Arkansas 1940s–2000sCharles F. Robinson II and Lonnie R. Williams
University of Arkansas Press
With the admittance in 1948 of Silas Hunt to the University of Arkansas Law School, the university became the first southern public institution of higher education to officially desegregate without being required to do so by court order. The process was difficult, but an important first step had been taken. Other students followed in Silas Hunt’s footsteps. Remembrances in Black is an oral history that gathers the personal stories of African American faculty, staff and students at the state’s flagship institution.
These stories illustrate the anguish, struggle, and triumph of individuals who had their lives indelibly marked by their experiences at the school. Organized chronologically over 60 years, this book illustrates how people of color navigated both the evolving campus environment and that of the city of Fayetteville in their attempt to fulfill personal aspirations. Their stories demonstrate that the process of desegregation proved painfully slow to those who chose to challenge the forces of exclusion. Also, the remembrances question the extent to which desegregation has been fully realized.