Below are the earliest known references to the Arkansas Colored Athletic Association, which was the governing body for sports between the state’s all-black high schools before the 1966 integration into what’s now the Arkansas Activities Association.
By that time the 1960s rolled around, the predominantly-black schools’ association was called the Arkansas State Athletics Association, while the predominantly-white schools belonged to the Arkansas Athletics Association.
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Arkansas Gazette September 25, 1938 – Page 13
The Dunbar High School (Negro) Bearcats will play Morrilton (Negro) High School eleven in their first home game of the season at Kavanaugh Field Friday afternoon. The Dunbar team defeated Texarkana (Tex.), 14 to 6, at Texarkana last week.
J.M. Sutton, Morrilton mentor [coach], is a former Dunbar athlete. Sutton is a graduate of the Tuskogee Institute.
A meeting of the Arkansas Colored Athletic Association was held at Dunbar High School yesterday. They were: Pine Street of Conway, Miller High of Helena, Corbin of Pine Bluff, Langston of Hot Springs and Morrilton.
Date: Sunday, March 19, 1939 Paper: Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, Arkansas) Page: 35
The first annual Arkansas Colored Athletic Association basketball tournament will be held at Arkansas AM and N College, Pine Bluff, March 24 and 25. The conference now in its third year, has nine of the outstanding high schools on its membership roll. Teams that will compete for the first conference crown are Camden, Corbin, Dunbar, Fargo, Merrill, Morrilton, Langston, Conway and Jonesboro.
Date: December 9, 1940 Paper: Hope Star Page 6
The Yerger football team, Hope and Corbin High of Pine Bluff dominated all-state negro selections of the Arkansas Colored Athletic Association announced Saturday. Yerger headed the list with four all-state placements:
O.W. Jackson of Dunbar was reelected president of the association for the first consecutive year. Other officers elected were: C.W. Dawson of Corbin High, vice president, and A. Logan of Langston High, secretary-treasurer.
Corbin High is recognized as the unofficial conference champions.
Date: Sunday, March 8, 1942 Paper: Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, Arkansas) Page: 35
The Arkansas Colored Athletic Association will hold its annual basket ball [sic] tournament at Cotton Plant Saturday. The first game will start at 10 a.m.
The association is composed of the 18 leading high schools of the state. The winner will be awarded the state championship trophy.
The schools participating are Augusta, Blevins, Childress, Camden, Corbin, Cotton Plant, Dunbar, Fargo, Jones, Langston, McRae, Merrill, Miller, Morrilton, Moton, El Dorado, Texarkana and Yerger.
Date: Saturday, February 19, 1944 Paper: Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, Arkansas) Page: 7
First round play was completed in the Arkansas Colored Athletic Association basket ball tournament at Jones High, North Little Rock, yesterday. Results in the girls division:
Merrill High 13, Stuttgart 11
Dunbar 21, Fort Smith 12
Augusta 28, Cotton Plant Vocational 12
Jones 17, Morrilton 5
Menissee [Menifee] 12, Helena 5
Results in the Boys Division:
Carbin [Corbin] 23, Fort Smith 14
Jones 47, Augusta 18
Cotton Plant Academy 22, Cotton Plant Vocational 10
Menissee [Menifee] 24, Merrill 18
Stuttgart 20, Helena