An Evening with Sybil Hampton

October 24, 2024Doors open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.$35/ticket (includes dinner & the show). Cash bar. Location: The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse301 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton, a distinguished educator and advocate, has held key roles in education and philanthropy. Her impactful work spans consulting, public speaking, and global engagements on racial equality. As one of the first African American graduates of Little Rock Central High School, her personal experiences fuel discussions on inclusivity and social justice worldwide.

With musical guest The Salty Dogs

Started as a lark retro-country act, the quartet immediately found chemistry, along with a lot of joy, as they dug into their craft. Their sound has expanded over a decade and a half, from uber-twang and purist classic country to equal parts 1954 Nashville, 1961 Bakersfield, and 1972 Everywhere.


Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton is a lifelong educator and social justice foot soldier.  Prior to retiring in 2006, Dr. Hampton served as President of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (Little Rock, Arkansas) and Contributions Manager, Education and Culture at the GTE Corporate Foundation (Stamford, Connecticut).  Twenty-three years of her career were spent in academic administrative positions at Iona College (New Rochelle, NY), the University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin) and Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas).  Early in her career she taught at the Louis Champlain Elementary School and worked at the Social Security Payment Center (Chicago, Illinois)..

After completing an undergraduate degree in English Literature at Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana), Dr. Hampton earned a Masters of Science in Teaching (the University of Chicago), a Masters of Education and a Doctorate in Higher Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College (New York, New York).  Southwestern University awarded her the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa).

Her honors and awards include: 2019 Alumni Diversity Leadership Award, the University of Chicago; 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award, Teachers College, Columbia University; 2017 Award of Excellence, the Little Rock Central High School Tiger Foundation; 2013 Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site’s Soul of Humanity Award; 2005 Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Award; 2005 Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) Lifetime Achievement Award and 14th Annual James A. Joseph Lecturer; 2002 Arkansas Region, National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) Humanitarian Award; Arkansas Business Top 100 Women in Arkansas 1997, 1998, and 1999.

Following retirement Dr. Hampton  served as Interim General Manager of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.  She continues to work as a consultant and public speaker focusing on issues related to economic, educational and social justice, governance, strategic visioning and planning, as well as academic advising and student developmental support services.  Dr. Hampton traveled to Northern Ireland as a result of a grant awarded by the American Embassy in London to Corymeela to speak, primarily with high school students throughout the country about the American school desegregation struggle after the 1954 Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court Decision.

As the first three year African American graduate of Little Rock Central High School in 1962, Dr. Hampton makes presentations and leads discussions with young student visitors to the National Park Service’s  Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, uses Zoom and Teams to work with students in their classrooms across the nation and in Northern Ireland as well as airmen in Saudi Arabia and at the Little Rock Air Force Base.  She recently made an International Day to End Racial Discrimination presentation, answered questions about her role in the Little Rock Central High School desegregation struggle and discussed what it means to be inclusive for RSW Group employees worldwide.

Dr. Hampton served as President of the Little Rock Aesthetic Club and the Little Rock Club, and formerly was a board member of the Japanese American National Museum, Arkansas Blue Cross, Blue Shield , the Blue and You Foundation, the Foundation for the Mid-South and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation.  She currently is a member of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Reynolds Institute on Aging Advisory Board, the Mount Holly Cemetery Board, and is a Life Member of the Girls Scouts of America, the Arkansas Symphony Guild and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.