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THEMES: BLACK HISTORY MONTH, Arkansas Music, “Play It Loud: Concerts At Barton Coliseum” Exhibit
DETAILS: Wilson explores the story of African American musicians who performed in various locations in mid-20th century Central Arkansas including venues like Robinson Auditorium and Barton Coliseum, and the American South in general. She will discuss the various venues where they performed, with an eye to how they navigated travel, lodging, dining, and politics to even make it to their performance venues.
SPEAKER: Latonya Wilson
BIO: Latonya Wilson works as an Education Program Assistant at the Old State House Museum. She is a native Arkansan, having spent her childhood in both Marianna and Little Rock where she graduated from John L. McClellan High School. Prior to joining the staff at the Old State House Museum, Latonya studied comparative social and civic movements between African Americans after desegregation and South Africans post-apartheid at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She earned a Psychology degree from Hendrix College, a M.A. in Missions and Intercultural Studies with an emphasis in Urban Studies from Wheaton Graduate School, and a M.A. in Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service. Latonya has spent a majority of her time researching African American Arkansas history with a bulk of her focus on the lives and work of Arkansas' African American legislators who served between 1869-1893, African American women's suffrage, and slavery and reconstruction in Arkansas. In her free time, she enjoys following politics, traveling, reading, cooking and spending time with family.