Monday, January 5, 2015

The Roots of African American Education in Arkansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                             

The Roots of African American Education in Arkansas                   

Little Rock - The Black History Commission of Arkansas and The Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, February 7, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The symposium’s theme, “The Roots of African American Education in Arkansas,” will feature speakers, Peggy Lloyd, Dr. Joe Hale, Amanda L. Paige and Gwendolyn Twillie.  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 Charlotte Stephens.  

The seminar is free but registration is required. Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m.  Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours through attendance.  Lunch will be provided.  Registration is limited and deadline for registration will be February 2, so be sure to make reservations soon.

The mission of the Black History Commission of Arkansas is to collect materials pertaining to African American history for the Arkansas History Commission, to encourage research in the state's African American history, and to cooperate with the Arkansas Department of Education to develop materials that support the teaching of African American history in our public schools. The Arkansas History Commission, located in Little Rock, is the official archives of the state of Arkansas and maintains the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world.

For more information about the symposium or to register, contact us at or call us at 501-682-6892.

We hope you’ll join us in learning about and celebrating the roots of African American education in Arkansas.