This will be a virtual event. Zoom link coming soon.
DETAILS: After Reconstruction, Arkansas had its largest body of African American legislators. They came from a variety of backgrounds, an array of professions, and from different parts of the country. This presentation explores the factors that possibly drew these men to serve in Arkansas’ legislative bodies and, more specifically, to Arkansas itself. It will also look at some of the more significant contributions made during their tenure and what possibly led to their departure.
THEMES: BLACK HISTORY MONTH, African American Legislators, 19th Century Arkansas Political History, Reconstruction
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.