Fort Smith celebrates King's legacy with march, visits

Posted: January 16, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.

Former Northside High School teacher Rhonda Vanlue Gray (left) welcomes the three civil rights icons known as the McDonogh 3, (from second left)Tessie Prevost Williams, Gail Etienne Stripling and Leona Tate, at a Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative celebration Monday at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Also attending the celebration was Louie McKinney, the first career deputy U.S. Marshal to lead the U.S. Marshals Service. Gray was on a panel discussing the integration of Fort Smith Northside High School in the 1960s.

FORT SMITH -- Desegregating schools in Fort Smith was not as contentious as it was in other parts of the state and country in the 1960s, a local legislator said Monday during the city's observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday.

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