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Martin Luther King, Jr and Civil Rights in Arkansas

December 29th, 2015 by Kristie Rosset

Each year we pause to remember Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, along with the holiday on Jan. 18 and his powerful contributions to our country. Hot Springs honors Dr. King with a parade in historic downtown Hot Springs on Jan. 18.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

In the same spirit of gratitude, this past year I visited the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. The site includes a Visitor Center with lots of interesting exhibits telling the stories of the Little Rock Nine at Central High School; Commemorative Garden; Education Center at the historic Mobil Station and Little Rock Central High School.

At the Visitor Center my daughter, friend and I spent lots of time reading and listening to stories about the events surrounding the desegregation of Central High School in 1957. This was an historic event for the entire country and helped Arkansas offer a better and more equitable way to educate all of our children.

It occurred to me that making a visit to the Little Rock Central High School Historic Site around the time we celebrate MLK Day would be a great way to honor Dr. King’s memory. The Site is operated by the National Park Service and is open every day except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. For more information go online to www.nps.gov/chsc or call 501.374.1957. The onsite park rangers were information and helpful, and very open to being asked lots of questions.

It’s only an hour’s drive to the Historic Site in Little Rock from Hot Springs from the Lookout Point. Our Hot Springs bed and breakfast would be a great place to stay during the MLK weekend. We would be glad to help our guests plan a trip to Little Rock. In addition to the Historic Site, the Clinton Library is also a great place to learn a little more about our national and Arkansas history. At the Inn, we have a great location on Lake Hamilton to return to in the evening and a delicious breakfast to enjoy the next morning.

We’re glad to suggest places to dine and visit explore in Hot Springs.  Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll make suggestions for a wonderful Arkansas adventure.

Jan. 15 Birthday Celebrations at Lookout Point

January 9th, 2010 by Ray Rosset

CMartin Luther King, Jr.ome celebrate birthdays with cake and refreshments on January 15!  It’s a big day:  the hero of my childhood, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have turned 81 on January 15.  That’s reason enough to celebrate.  His life and his death had a big impact upon me and our country!

As a child moving to Arkansas during the days of segregation, I felt in my soul the pain of separation and prejudice based upon color.  I didn’t understand the separate drinking fountains and entrances.  Hearing Dr. King speak, stirrings of hope and truth rang clear. 

Believing that all life is a gift, I think the day of our births are worthy of celebration.  January 15 is also my birthday, and I’m honored to have been born on Martin Luther King’s day! 

I invite you to come stay at Lookout Point, have a slice of celebratory cake and a glass of wine or tea, and share a dream.  I hope to see you on my birthday.  :)

Kristie

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