MLK Assassination and Little Rock Schools
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. Little Rock Superintendent of Schools Floyd W. Parsons announced that all schools in the Little Rock School District could hold memorial services for King and screen his funeral on television. Pulaski County Superintendent of Schools Leroy Gatlin said the same. Deputy Superintendent of North Little Rock Schools George E. Miller said that it would be up to each school principal to decide. Rev. George Tribou, rector of Little Rock Catholic High School, and Sister Mary Frances, principal of Mount Saint Mary’s Academy, both confirmed that King’s funeral would be screened in their schools.