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Observing Black History Month in Arkansas

 

Featured image: Pieces from "I Walked On Water to My Homeland" featuring works by Delita Martin

February is Black History Month, and at the Department of Arkansas Heritage, we’re taking time to reflect on the riveting story and achievements of the African-American community in Arkansas. A few of our agencies are even holding special programs focused on African-American history in honor of this month. In fact, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s mission – “… to collect, preserve, interpret and celebrate Arkansas's African American history, culture, and community …”– makes this month the perfect time to check out the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center museum or attend any of its events.

The Black History Month program topics cover a wide-range of subjects, from Civil War history to the civil rights movement to art. Read on to find one that interests you.

 

Before Freedom Field Trip Program 2016

Every Friday in February, 10 .am. – 12 p.m.

Historic Arkansas Museum 

This interactive field trip designed for children in grades 4-12 features Charlotte Stephens (played by living historian Felicia Richardson) and her story of being freed from slavery at the young age of 11. The trip is $4 per student*, and reservations are required. Fill out our reservation request form or call 501-324-9351 to reserve your class’s spot.

*Thanks to the Bill Worthen Future of History Fund every school in Arkansas is eligible for free field trip programs throughout our 75th anniversary year in 2016; however, schools who have already budgeted for this expense are encouraged to pay their typical fee so that these donated funds can be used to the maximum benefit of Arkansas students.

 

"I Walked On Water to My Homeland" featuring works by Delita Martin Opening Reception

February 12, 6-8 p.m.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s newest exhibit, "I Walked on Water to My Homeland" featuring works by Delita Martin, opens Feb. 12, and MTCC is kicking it off with a reception that won’t disappoint. Enjoy an artist talk, refreshments and live entertainment by Acoustix with Rod P. featuring Bijoux, while also getting a first look at the exhibit, which features a series of mixed media works “that explore the power of the narrative impulse.” This exhibit particularly addresses the story of black women, using signs, symbols and language to address their marginalization and to reconstruct their image.

 

MTCC After Dark Presents Love Jones

February 13, 6 p.m.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this “dinner and movie” event will feature a special screening of the film Love Jones, the story of a young African-American poet (Larenz Tate) and a beautiful photographer (Nia Long), along with refreshments. Admission is $10. Get your tickets as soon as possible: seating is limited! Tickets must be purchased at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

  

“Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine”

February 15, 9 a.m. to March 26 5 p.m.

Delta Cultural Center, Depot

This exhibition highlights the participation of African-American healthcare professionals during the American Civil War. Unfortunately, these nurses, surgeons and hospital workers contributions have been largely overlooked in history, but their service not only saved lives – it challenged the status quo of race and gender at the time.

 

Black History Quiz Bowl

February 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Saturday morning, teams of 6th-12th graders from across the state will compete in a good old-fashioned quiz bowl, focusing on African-American history and trivia.

 

Gloryland in Concert

February 20, 6-9 p.m.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Gloryland Pastor's Choir, a soulful, dynamic children’s choir, will perform a concert the whole family is sure to love. The group will soon head to America's Got Talent, so make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to see them live before they’re famous! For tickets, contact Cedric Hayes at 501.551.0603 or [email protected].

 

Civil War Roundtable of the Delta

February 22, 6-7 p.m.

Delta Cultural Center, Beth El Heritage Hall

Ronnie A. Nichols, Civil War scholar and descendent of a black Civil War veteran, will present the year’s first Civil War Roundtable of the Delta – “FREEDOM’S WAR: The Civil War in the Arkansas Delta and the Struggle of People of African Descent: 1862 – 1866.” His presentation addresses the uses, thoughts, feelings and struggles of the formerly enslaved in their quest for freedom.

 

Voices Without Borders

February 25, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

“Voices Without Borders,” a concert presented by Dr. Irma Routen and her Little Rock children's choir is a musical, colorful event that will leave you singing and smiling! There are two performances at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.Admission is free, but reservations are required. Contact Quantia Fletcher at 501.683.3615 or [email protected] to reserve your seats.

 

Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Distinguished Laureate Lecture Series (Lecture)

February 25, 6 p.m.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center have partnered together to bring you a lecture by Timothy C. Evans, chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois.

 

Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Distinguished Laureate Lecture Series (Master Class)

February 26, 9:30 a.m.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Timothy C. Evans, chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois, will return the morning after his lecture to conduct a master class. Contact Kendall Marr at 501-683-3592 for more information about attending.

 

MTCC Loves Spoken Word: Foreign Tongues Poetry Troupe

February 27, 6 p.m.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

The Foreign Tongues Poetry Troupe is an Arkansas-based artistic organization that conducts workshops and performs poetry throughout the United States. The group’s performances are always crowd-pleasers, using the spoken word to entertain, educate and address cultural issues. Admission is free, but come early because seating is limited!