Black culture in Little Rock, Arkansas, is a tapestry woven with resilience, artistry, and historical significance. With a rich history deeply rooted in the struggles and triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement, the Black community has left a lasting mark on the city's cultural fabric. From the historic Central High School, where the Little Rock Nine courageously fought for desegregation in 1957, to the thriving music scene and art exhibitions that celebrate Black creativity, Little Rock is a testament to the resilience and contributions of its Black residents.
Today, Little Rock honors the achievements of the Black community through festivals, galleries, and cultural celebrations. The city's soulful jazz and blues heritage resonates through local venues, while African-American cuisine, such as soul food and barbecue, delights both residents and visitors alike. Festivals, like the Juneteenth celebration and Black History Month events, provide platforms for sharing and honoring the rich tapestry of Black history and accomplishments. Little Rock's Black culture embraces its past while fostering a spirit of unity, resilience, and artistic expression for generations to come.
In Little Rock, we know that history must never be forgotten and that it must be remembered in the correct context. That’s why, in June 2020, the City of Little Rock removed all Confederate statues and memorials from city parks, affirming its dedication to preserving an inclusive and just environment.