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Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton

Dr. Hampton, a lifelong proponent of social justice and education, was part of the second group of students to integrate Arkansas's Central High School following the historic Little Rock Nine, and  

was the first African-American to graduate from Central High after attending three years at the school. To her Central classmates who refused to speak to her during her time there, Hampton said, "You can ignore me every day if you want. I’m playing a longer game."


Dr. Hampton later became the president of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in Little Rock.

She is a 2002 recipient of the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award, was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 2005, has been named numerous times as an Arkansas Business's Top 100 Women in Arkansas, and in 2018 became a HistoryMaker. 

Dr. Hampton's visit to the Mountain is sponsored by South Cumberland Community Fund and Office of Civic Engagement, University of the South.