Arkansas' fascinating history is on display at the Old State House Museum.

Rather than sit and eat lunch at your desk tomorrow, bag it up and learn a little something about history.

At noon today (Feb. 20), the public will have a chance to learn about Desegregating Downtown Little Rock: The Efforts of Local and External Organizations during the Old State House Museum's Brown Bag Lecture.

Philander Smith College students first attempted to desegregate the lunch counters in downtown Little Rock in March and April of 1960, but their efforts failed. It was not until the Arkansas Council on Human Relations (ACHR) requested the help of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1962 that integration of public facilities would finally happen in Little Rock.

The lecture will examine the Philander Smith College students’ struggle to desegregate the lunch counters from 1960 to January 1963, when public facilities began integrating in Little Rock. The roles of local organizations, national civil rights organizations, law enforcement and media will be assessed to explain how integration finally occurred in the city.

Admission is free.

For more information, call (501) 324-9685 or click here.