Museum Sets Plans to Mark Black History Month 2015

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, January 26, 2015

Little Rock, AR (Jan. 26, 2015) --- February at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will feature numerous activities to celebrate Black History month. All events are free and open to the public.

The schedule of activities includes:

  • It’s in the Bag: Lunch ‘n Learn – Tues., Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The next installment of this lunch program welcomes the cast of The Rep’s new play, The Whipping Man. Set at the end of the Civil War, The Whipping Man is an extraordinary tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch and MTCC will provide beverages.

  • Living History with Dr.Gwendolyn Twillie – Fri., Feb. 6, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

MTCC celebrates the life of poet, author, entertainer and civil rights activist, Dr. Maya Angelou. Her inspirational story will be brought to life by Dr. Gwendolyn Twillie, former chairwoman of the Theatre, Arts and Dance Department at UALR. Registration is required. For more information, contact Elvon Reed at 501-683-3592.

  • Speak Now or Forever Hold your Piece – Sat., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

Local poetry organization, Foreign Tongues will perform original spoken word pieces. The evening will feature national award winning performance poet Jon Goode and youth poets from central Arkansas.To reserve your free ticket, visit Limit 2 per person.

  • The Roots of African American Education in Arkansas –Sat., Feb. 7, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Black History Commission of Arkansas and TheArkansas History Commission, will host “The Roots of African American Education in Arkansas,” symposium. Topics will include Ila Upchurch, the history of the Colored Industrial Institute, the Jeane Teacher Program and a living history presentation about the life of educator Charlotte Stephens. Featured guest speakers include Peggy Lloyd, Dr. Joe Hale, Amanda L. Paige and Gwendolyn Twillie. The seminar is free but registration is required. For more information, contact Tatyana Oyinloye at[email protected] or call 501-682-6892.

  • Black History Quiz Bowl- Sat., Feb. 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Black History Quiz Bowl returns to MTCC. Impressive teams of 6-12 graders from across the state will test their knowledge of African American history in this annual competition.For more information contact Elvon Reed, Director of Education at 501-683-3592.

  • 2015 Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Distinguished Laureate Series – Fri., Feb. 27, 10 a.m.

MTCC partners with the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame to host renowned psychologist,educator, author and race relations advocate Dr. Robert L. Williams. Williams is a 2011 Arkansas Black Hall of Fame inductee. For more information, call 501-683-3593.

  • Voices without Borders– Tues-Wed., Feb. 24-25, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

MTCC presents Dr. Irma Routen and Little Rock area children’s choir, Voices Without Borders, live in concert! For group reservations,please contact Elvon Reed at 501-683-3592.

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The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is dedicated to telling the history of African Americans in Arkansas from 1870 to the present, especially in the areas of politics, business and the arts. Other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum.