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MLK Assassination and Arkansas Colleges

The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, sent shock waves around the nation and around the world. Philander Smith College, Shorter College, and Little Rock University, all canceled classes on the day of King’s funeral, Tuesday, April 9. Arkansas Baptist College suspended classes in the morning and resumed at 1:30 p.m.; the University of Arkansas did the same, but resumed at 12:30 p.m. All of these places also held memorial services on campus, as did the College of the Ozarks, Henderson State College, State College of Arkansas (today the University of Central Arkansas), and Arkansas AM and N College in Pine Bluff (today the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff).