February is the month of love. And Little Rock loves to commemorate Black History Month by recognizing contributions African Americans have made paving the way for many present-day successes. Reflect on yesterday, appreciate today and anticipate tomorrow.
Here are five ways to celebrate Black History Month in Arkansas’s capital city:
The Two Herbert Dentons: A Principal and a Journalist, from Black Little Rock to Black DC and Beyond – The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Lunch & Learn Series highlights the life and career of Little Rock native Herbert Denton, Jr., an African-American journalist with the Washington Post (1966-1989.) The discussion also features his father, Herbert Denton, Sr., a local public educator. Learn how they were both influencers of their time, locally and nationally.
Movies of a Movement: Selma – As part of the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Civil Rights & Social Change Collection, this chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s journey for equal voting rights is played out on the big screen as you walk in his own footsteps from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Parkview High School Black History Month Performance– What a treat. Locals know and love the Parkview High arts and humanities program. Make plans to attend this special “River of Change” performance written by Parkview Arts and Science Magnet School student, Cooper Sikes. Inspired by the “Mighty Mississippi,” the special program will be presented by Parkview choral, drama and orchestra students.
Making History: African-American Mayors in Arkansas – The Clinton Presidential Center hosts a mayoral panel, moderated by former Little Rock Mayor Lottie Shackleford. Featured are Mayor George McGill of Fort Smith, Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. of Little Rock, Mayor Veronica Smith-Creer of El Dorado and Mayor Shirley Washington of Pine Bluff.
Arkansas Black Hall of Fame – Housed at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame is a testament to the many, many contributions African Americans have made not only in the state of Arkansas, but nationally and internationally. Maya Angelou, Daisy Gatson Bates, the Little Rock Nine, Sidney Moncrief…the prestigious list includes pioneers in arts and culture, politics, social equality, healthcare, economic development, education and more.
While the month of February is dedicated to saluting Black History Month, the many accomplishments of notable African Americans are seen in our lives every single day.