When Chase Outlaw (that’s really his name) goes into the bucking chute now, the announcers broadcast the story of his infamous comeback across the arena, and an X-ray of his mutilated face flashes on every screen, projecting an image of his eye socket looking like a chewed up piece of tobacco.
September 2019 will be the 100th anniversary of what has come to be known as the Elaine massacre in Eastern Arkansas’s Phillips County. A century ago, white posses and U.S. soldiers shot and killed what may have been hundreds of African Americans, most of them tenant farmers, over a period of four days.
High school alums celebrate their 45th class anniversaries with reunions, why not us? We’re celebrating our sapphire year by looking outward, rather than inward, with stories that reflect the times. Here’s the way we were (the most popular song of 1974, by the way), the way we went and the way we are now, year by year.
Sue Cowan Morris won the battle to equalize pay of black and white teachers. It cost her her job.
Inmates at Arkansas’s Cummins Unit say guards treated them like “lepers” as COVID-19 tore through the penitentiary.
The city braces for a teachers strike and indefinite state control of the school district.
Suggestions from thinking people on how to improve life in Arkansas.
Research shows Arkansas schools punish African-American students more frequently and more harshly than their white peers.
Rob Nelson talks about his journey from Northwest Arkansas to Colorado to France and back to Northwest Arkansas.
Dave Cox's forgotten campaign and the 1962 election for Arkansas governor. An exclusive excerpt of Ernie Dumas' political memoir.
Birders are better than books at helping you find the birds. Almost all are enthusiastic about sharing their passion with new avian aficionados, and their fine-tuning is essential to accurate identification.
The city manager system and the collapse of racial moderation in Little Rock, 1955-1957.
This is the story of how the Little Rock landmark came to be and how it persists as told by staff, friends and customers.
Meet the best and brightest high school seniors in the state.
In a broken present-day Elaine, locals strategize about economic revival.
Little Rock's Pettaway neighborhood, once plagued by gang activity, is amid a revival, thanks to incomers and novel construction. New residents say they want the area to remain as diverse as the architecture.
Across the state, from Bentonville to Crossett, thousands of Arkansans have taken to the streets in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest police brutality. Some are seasoned organizers. Some are first-time protesters. Some have served on task forces, met with elected leaders, received death threats. They are racially diverse, and they span generations. And they have decided, despite a pandemic that put them at risk when gathering, to keep coming out. Here are a few of their stories.
Arkansas funeral home staff and coroners' offices prepare for a rising death count.
They escaped from the Nahziryah Monastic Community in Marion County.
It's become the Johnny Appleseed of Arkansas arts education.
By connecting classical dance to a broader history of black movement, C. Michael Tidwell influenced generations of teenagers.
Once a school of choice, now in the crosshairs of the State Board of Education, Little Rock Hall prepares to hit the reset button.
Can the city's first elected black mayor heal the racial divisions that have long plagued the city's fire and police departments?
When I thought of quartz crystal in Arkansas — if I thought of quartz crystal in Arkansas — I thought of the rock shops that used to line the highway into Hot Springs, the ones with the big blue glass chunks. No more.