A series of five posters on “Amazing African American Leaders of Arkansas” has been developed by the Special Collections Department of the University of Arkansas Libraries. The posters feature photos and biographical sketches and were designed to be used by junior high school teachers of Arkansas history.
The five “amazing leaders” are Charlotte Stephens of Little Rock, who became Arkansas’ first black teacher in 1868 and went on to a teaching career of 70 years; Joseph C. Corbin, the founder and long-time president of Branch Normal College in Pine Bluff, today known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Scott Bond, a prominent farmer and businessman from eastern Arkansas who was known as the “Black Rockefeller of Arkansas”; Silas Hunt, the World War II veteran who integrated the University of Arkansas Law School in 1948; and Daisy Bates, the NAACP leader who led the integration of Little Rock Central High School in 1957.
A second set of posters honors "Amazing Leaders of Arkansas." Five posters of "Amazing Women Leaders of Arkansas" has been released in honor of Women's History Month. The posters feature photos and biographical sketches and were designed to be used by junior high school teachers of Arkansas history.
The five "amazing leaders" are Sen. Hattie Caraway, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate; Louise Thaden, the record-setting early aviator; Florence Price, the premier African-American female composer and music teacher; Charlie May Simon, a writer of note and the namesake for the Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award; and Hazel Walker, a phenomenal basketball player who was the women's free-throw champion of the world on multiple occasions.