Arnold's educational opportunities were very limited when he was growing up near Paducah. He dropped out of high school when he was hit by rocks walking through a white neighborhood to get to his school 5 miles away. His Father had stressed the importance of education and so Arnold was determined that his daughters would have opportunities he did not. As an active Mason he learned about changes occurring in the schools and saw to it that his oldest daughter was the 1st Black student to attend Murray State College and his second daughter the first Black student to integrate Murray High School. He remained a very involved parent in his children's education and in securing Black faculty at Murray State. Later he served six years on the Murray City Council and saw several improvements in that community. Transcript available.