July 14, 2016— Former Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush, and Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair joined three of the Little Rock Nine, Ernest Green, Minnijean Brown-Tricky and Carlotta Walls LaNier in honoring graduates of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program on the stage of the Roosevelt Thompson Auditorium at Little Rock Central High School. The 61 scholars were selected among more than 600 applicants to participate in the unique leadership development initiative that draws upon the resources of the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. The Class of 2016 Presidential Leadership Scholars Program included individuals form diverse backgrounds and geographies, coming from a variety of sectors, including private, public, non-profit, military, and academia. During the 6-month executive-style program, scholars traveled to each participating presidential center to learn from former presidents, key administration officials and leading academics.
Dr. Mike Hemphill, director of Academic Programming at the Clinton Foundation, moderated the inspirational conversation with the three members of the Little Rock Nine. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman moderated the lively conversation with the three former world leaders.