Now more than ever, when it comes to planning a meeting, it’s important to work with a city that shares your values. That’s why we created “Experience Little Rock in Color,” our guide for Black meeting planners on all things Little Rock.
Multicultural Little Rock
Little Rock is no stranger to the changing tides of history and its power to shape a community. When most people think of Little Rock, they think of Central High School and the integration crisis of 1957, and they do so for good reason. The story of the Little Rock Nine is one of courage in the face of fear and righteousness in the wake of hate; a story that still, to this day, guides our city on the path to justice.
But our history didn’t begin in 1957, nor did our progress stop there. As Little Rock celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2021, we reflect on the ways our Black residents have helped shape our community into the modern and thriving city it is.
Why Little Rock?
Today, Little Rock’s historic Civil Rights sites are a backbone of the community. Six sites, including Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, are included on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. They dot the city, offering tangible lessons of the past. Little Rock’s dining scene, widely acclaimed as one of the best in the South, is pillared by a bevy of Black-owned restaurants that can trace their history of service back not just decades but generations. Most notable of these is the Lassis Inn, the James Beard Award-winning restaurant where guests can sit in the same booths as those who planned the integration of Central High School.
In 2010, Little Rock became a majority-minority city, a trend that is reflected at all levels of city leadership. Little Rock now has a more diverse slate of elected leaders than at any time. From the first residents in 1821 to today, Little Rock is a city built on the intersection of our shared histories, and together those histories form the foundation of our community – a community that is the perfect place to host your next meeting.
Our Convention Center
Convenience is the keyword when talking about your meeting logistics within our city limits. The Statehouse Convention Center is centrally located in the heart of Little Rock and is only moments away from your next pedestrian adventure. You can walk across the Riverfront Park, North America's largest pedestrian-intended bridge or stroll the sprawling halls of the Clinton Presidential Center - which contains a full-size replica of the Oval Office during President Clinton's time in office.
Other Things to Do
That's not all, everyone should experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the River Market Entertainment District — where art, music, and food come together in harmony. Or head on down to SoMa (that's South Main Street) where you can the Grains to Glass Tour at Rock Town Distillery and learn the origins of whiskey and other fine spirits.
Little Rock is a city that’s built for meetings, and the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau’s full-service convention center and dedicated support staff are committed to your organization’s success.
Don’t believe us? Ask our friends:
“I have a great affinity for Little Rock. When we were here in 2008 for our Conclave, I remember standing on the street looking for somewhere to eat. A gentleman walking by and asked what has brought us to town, and we explained to him that we were there for a convention. He told us about a barbecue place that was a couple of miles up the road, but I told him that since we didn’t drive that might not work for us.
Before I knew it, he gave me his keys and told me to take his truck and bring it back when I was done. It was one of the wildest experiences I ever had, but it just shows the hospitality and the warmth of the people that are here in Little Rock. Little Rock just felt like home.”
• James ‘Scrappy’ Jordan, International Site Selection Chair, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Multicultural Meetings in Little Rock
|African Methodist Episcopal Church||Women’s Missionary Society||2014|
|Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.||South Central Regional||2016|
|Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.||Southwest Regional||2016|
|Church of God in Christ||Leadership Conference||2017|
|Hispanic Assemblies of God||South Central District Youth Meeting||2013, 2015|
|International Association of Black and Professional Firefighters||Black Chief Officers Committee||2016|
|Jack & Jill of America, Inc.||Regional Teen Conference||2013|
|Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.||Southwestern Regional||2015|
|The Links, Inc.||Central Area Conference||2013|
|National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice||National Training Institute||2013|
|National Black Police Association||Southern Region Education and Training Conference||2013|
|National Black Law Students Association||National Convention||2019|
|National Forum of Black Public Administrators||Annual Conference||2008, 2017|
|National Sorority if Phi Delta Kappa||National Convention||2017|
|Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.||9th District Meeting||2012, 2017|
|Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.||National Conclave||2015|
|Sigma Gamma Rho||Annual Conference||2014|
|Zeta Phi Beta||South Central Regional Conference||2014|