The first African-American class in the United States to fully integrate into an all-white school was in Hoxie, Arkansas. Two years before the Little Rock Nine entered Little Rock Central High School, 21 students left a colored school in Hoxie and went to the Hoxie Schools. That happened July 11th, 1955…one year and two months after the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education that declared segregation was unconstitutional. The school board, led by Superintendent K.E.
Students, lawmakers, and activists celebrate the nonviolence philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while honoring the Hoxie school integration at the 16th Annual Nonviolence Youth Summit at Arkansas State University.
The theme of Monday's summit was “Remember Hoxie.”
DuShun Scarbrogh, Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission CEO, explains to the youth in attendance the reason for honoring Hoxie:
Ethel Tompkins served as the keynote speaker for the summit. Tompkins was the first African American woman to graduate from Hoxie Public Schools.