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A Conversation Worth Having: The Elaine Massacre of 1919

“If a conversation is hard, it’s probably one worth having.”

Join us for A Conversation Worth Having: a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection.

Every Wednesday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, podcasts, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. February’s lineup focuses on three moments from Arkansas’s black history often forgotten, and a special presentation with Arkansas PBS: So You Want To Talk About Race.

The Elaine Massacre of 1919 was by far the deadliest racial confrontation in Arkansas history and possibly the bloodiest racial conflict in the history of the United States. A shooting incident that occurred at a meeting of the Progressive Farmers and Household Union escalated into mob violence on the part of the white people in Elaine and surrounding areas. Although the exact number is unknown, estimates of the number of African Americans killed by whites range into the hundreds; five white people lost their lives. For Wednesday, February 3, our program will consist of an oral history and tour of Elaine, Arkansas, done in August 2019 with Elaine native William Quiney, III; and the Arkansas Week Special Edition broadcast featuring panelists Kyle Miller, Brian Mitchell, and Grif Stockely.

You can join us from anywhere around the world, as this is a virtual event: https://app.kosmi.io/room/s76t3n

We hope you’ll join us for a chance to learn ALL February long!

Wednesday, February 3: The Elaine Massacre of 1919
Wednesday, February 10: Arkansas PBS presents: So You Want to Talk About Race
Wednesday, February 17: The Murder of Isadore Banks
Wednesday, February 24: Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street

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Date and Time

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm