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Author and attorney Grif Stockley to lecture at
ASU on race relations in Arkansas
March 18, 2008 --
Author, historian, and attorney Grif Stockley will present a free
public lecture at ASU's Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on Wednesday,
March 26, at 3 p.m. Stockley will present "Race Relations in the
Natural State," a history of black/white relations in Arkansas from
slavery to the present. This lecture is sponsored by the Office of
The lecture's title is that of Stockley's most recent
"Race Relations in the Natural State." Stockley,
a native of Marianna, is also the author of "Daisy Bates: Civil Rights
Crusader from Arkansas" (University Press of Mississippi, 2005),
winner of the Arkansas Historical Association's 2006 Ragsdale Award
for the year's best book on Arkansas history.
2007, "Daisy Bates:
Civil Rights Crusader from Arkansas" won the Arkansania Award given by
the Arkansas Library Association. Stockley has written
novels, non-fiction, and plays and is the content manager for the
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies/Central Arkansas Library System's
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation grant project, "Ruled By Race?"
has written a total of nine books, including six novels: "Expert
Testimony," "Probable Cause," "Religious Conviction," "Illegal Motion,"
"Blind Judgment," and "Salted with Fire." His 1999 short story “The
Divorce,” was included in "Legal Briefs: Stories by Today’s Best
His first non-fiction work, "Blood in their Eyes: The Elaine Race
Massacres of 1919," published by the University of Arkansas Press in
2001, won the Booker-Worthen Prize and received a Certificate of
Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History.
His 1985 play, "A Metaphysical Beast," was performed at the University
of Alabama at Birmingham. In April, 2009, the Weekend Theater in Little
Rock will perform his newest play, "Truth! Reconciliation?"
He has won the Porter Prize for fiction and is a member of the Arkansas
Writers Hall of Fame.
also teaches "Law and History of Arkansas Race Relations" at UALR's
William H. Bowen School of Law.
For details, contact
Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch at
(870) 972-3291, or Bill Rowe
at (870) 972-3050.