Black History Month Events in Arkansas

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, January 29, 2018

The Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH) has compiled a list of Black History Month events taking place across Arkansas in February 2018. 

This list includes events submitted to the Department and is not intended to be comprehensive. To have your event included, send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

Name of event and brief description
Day/ time of event
Contact name and number

Unless otherwise noted, events listed below are not sponsored or endorsed by DAH or its divisions. Only events marked with an asterisk (*) are DAH-sponsored events.

Month-long events

"Soul of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" exhibit
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville
(479) 418-5700,

Featuring works by more than 60 artists, this exhibition looks at how American culture was reshaped by Black artists from the 1960s through the 1980s. Admission is $10 or free for Crystal Bridges members.

"Foot Soldiers for Freedom" exhibit
Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 623-4161
A new exhibit produced by the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Black History Commission of Arkansas, and many local and state historians and scholars, that chronicles many everyday people and lesser-known events that were part of the struggle for Civil Rights in Arkansas. 

February 3

*Arkansas Divine 9 Exhibit Opening, 4 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock
(501) 683-3593; [email protected]
Unveiling of the Arkansas Divine 9 Exhibit and film presentation of “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities” with panel discussion. Free.

*African Americans in Arkansas's Rural History, 10 a.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock
(501) 682-6900;
This workshop is sponsored by the Black History Commission of Arkansas, an advisory board of the Arkansas State Archives and will feature presentations by four speakers: Chelsea McNutt, Arkansas Rosenwald Schools; Dr. Simon Hosken, The Hospital in the Cotton Field: Desegregating Hospital Access in the Delta; Cherisse Jones-Branch, The Negro Division of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation; and Carmen Lanos Williams, Black Landowners in Rural Arkansas.

Mingle Tingle, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stage 18, 18 E. Center St., Fayetteville
For information, [email protected] or [email protected]
Come out and kickoff the celebration of Black History Month 2018 with mixing and networking! Meet people and organizations! Learn what's going on and how to get engaged. 

February 5

Honoring Our People: Sharing Stories of Hope, 10 a.m.
Hempstead Hall, University of Arkansas at Hope, 2500 S. Main St., Hope
(870) 777-4455;
The President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site and University of Arkansas at Hope/Texarkana will celebrate Black History Month with with keynote speaker Doris L. Pryor, National Security Unit Chief for the U.S. Attorney's Office. Free and open to the public.

February 8

*Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, 12 p.m.
Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham, Little Rock
(501) 324-9685; [email protected]

A look into one of the nation's most pivotal African American organizations with a specific glance at the Arkansas Association of Colored Women's contributions over the past 120 years.

Lunch & Learn: Black Minds Matter, 11:30 a.m.
Mermaids, 2217 N. College, Fayetteville
For information, [email protected] or [email protected]
Presenter: Dr. Kamra Mays, Clinical Psychologist at Optimal Pain and Wellness. This Lunch and Learn will focus on mental health in the Black community. Attendees are responsible for their own meal.

February 9

*Lunch & Learn with Little Rock Wind Symphony, 12 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock
(501) 683-3593; [email protected]

Lunchtime program with pianist Linda Holzer about notable African American composer William Grant Still, who grew up in Little Rock. Lunch not provided. Free.

Black History 101: Mobile Museum & Lecturer
Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House, 491 N. Razorback Road, Fayetteville
For information, [email protected] or [email protected]

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum offers audiences a fresh and creative lens to view history while developing a broader appreciation for museums in general and providing a "safe space" to have honest conversations about race and social justice.

February 13

Little Rock Nine Storytelling with Linda Gorham, 5:30 p.m.
Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs
Registration available here

Professional storyteller, Linda Gorham, will bring the story of the Little Rock Nine to life by telling their story through the eyes of Daisy Bates, president of the Little Rock NAACP; Alex Wilson, an African American news reporter; and the students themselves. 

February 15

*Steamboats of the Slave Era, 6 p.m.
Delta Cultural Center, 405 Perry St., Helena
(870) 338-435 or [email protected]
Although the Underground Railroad was not found here in Arkansas, several secret groups did help African-American slaves to escape north to freedom. Join Charles Bolton, former history professor from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, as he discusses the role that steamboats played in the transporting of slaves to the northern states.

February 17

The Uzuri Project Youth Institute Graduation Celebration, 5 p.m.
Hotel Hot Springs Ballroom, 305 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 624-9400,
Celebrating Black History Month, the Uzuri Project Youth Institute/PHOEBE presents a historical look back, as Please Street Voices Speak through time and film from Arkansas' largest African American Historic District, and a look to the future with presentations by graduates of the Uzuri Project Youth Emerging Leaders and the Hot Springs Dance Troupe. Admission is free and open to all ages.

February 18

Early Black Settlers & Their Progeny in Washington County, 2:30 p.m.
St. James United Methodist Church, 7 North Willow Ave., Favetteville
RSVP by Feb. 16, (479) 521-2970 or [email protected]
Program highlights will include a talk on "The Role of Black Churches in Community Sustainability and Development" and a brief history of St. James UMC by Dr. Calvin White; panel discussion on "Slavery, Servanthood & Service;" a video presentation on community health, religion and military; and music.

February 22

*Lunch & Learn with Danny Broadway, 12 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock
(501) 683-3593; [email protected]

Lunchtime program with Danny Broadway, the artist behind MTCC's signature Black History Month image. Danny will talk about his inspiration and process. Lunch will be provided. Free.

*Voices Without Borders, 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock
(501) 683-3593; [email protected]

A celebration in voice. Performances by local elementary school students, led by Dr. I.J. Routen. The theme is "Solid Gold," hits from the 60s and 70s.

February 24

Fayetteville First Ever Black History Month Parade, 11 a.m.
Begins at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 224 N. East Ave., Fayetteville
For information, [email protected] or [email protected]
Floats will illustrate this year's Black History Month theme, "Protecting the Progress." 

Black History Showcase, 6-8 p.m.
Ozark Montessori Academy, 301 Holcomb Street, Springdale
For information, [email protected] or [email protected]
This year's theme: "Because of Them We Can"

February 25

Fayetteville Celebration Day, 2:30 p.m.
Dwelling Place, 1855 N. Porter Road, Fayetteville
For information, [email protected] or [email protected]
Keynote speaker, Michael Wallace, Director of Global Culture and Inclusion for Walmart Stores; Mayor Lioneld Jordan; University of Arkansas Inspirational Singers

February 27

Pine Bluff 2018 Black History Month Celebration, 6 p.m.
Pine Bluff Convention Center Auditorium, 1 Convention Center Drive, Pine Bluff
(888) 290-KING or for more information
The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission & the City of Pine Bluff will host a 2018 Black History Month Celebration, featuring live music, an art show, youth mass choir, historical re-enactments, and a history vendor showcase. Free and open to the public.

February 26

Black Author's Book Fair, 6-8 p.m.
ALLPS School of Innovation, 2350 Old Farmington Road, Fayetteville
For information contact: [email protected] or [email protected]