The Pryor Center presents “Race, Labor and Violence in the Delta” at 6 tonight

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The Pryor Center Presents lecture series continues with Michael Pierce and Calvin White Jr. at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, as they discuss their recent book Race, Labor and Violence in the Delta: Essays to Mark the Centenary of the Elaine Massacre at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. This event is co-sponsored by The University of Arkansas Press.

In late September 2019, 17 historians from across the country traveled to the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, to participate in an academic conference that marked the 100th anniversary of one of the nation’s deadliest labor disputes – Elaine’s massacre. Sponsored by the Diane D. Blair Center for the Study of Southern Politics and Society at the U of A, the two-day conference ultimately resulted in the publication of this collection of edited essays.

Shedding light on Elaine’s massacre, Race, work and violence in the delta reveals that the struggle against white supremacy in the Delta was necessarily a struggle for better working conditions, fair labor practices, and economic justice.

Pierce is an associate professor of history at the U of A and the author of Hitting the Ballot: Ohio Labor and the Populist Party. White is associate dean of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the U of A, where he is also an associate professor of history. He is the author of The Rise to Respectability: Race, Religion, and the Church of God in Christ.

Pearl’s Books will have copies of the book available for sale at the Pryor Center.

This event will be held in person and via Zoom. If you would like to attend virtually, please register in advance with an email address associated with a Zoom account. Registration is not required for in-person participation.

The Pryor Center is located at 1 East Center St., Suite 120. The event is free and open to the public, and parking is available in Fayetteville Square.

Upcoming presentations of the Pryor Center

Tuesday, December 6, 6-7 p.m.
The Pryor Center presents “The Centennial Celebration of Arkansas Women Legislators, 1922-2022” presented by Lindsley Armstrong Smith and Stephen A. Smith
Virtual Participants — Register in advance

About the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History: The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History is an oral history program whose mission is to document the history of Arkansas through the collection of spoken memories and visual records, to preserve the collection at life and to connect Arkansans and the world to fundraising through the Internet, television shows, educational programs and other means. The Pryor Center records audio and video interviews about Arkansas history and culture, collects recordings from other organizations, organizes those recordings into archives, and provides public access to archives, primarily through the pryorcenter website. The Pryor Center is the only oral and visual history program in the state with a statewide mission in 75 counties to collect, preserve and share audio and moving image recordings of the history of Arkansas.

About Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences: The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with three schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the majority of the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training for professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.