Thursday, May 5, 2016

Arkansas History Commission/Black History Commission of Arkansas Symposium

The Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, June 4, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The symposium’s theme, “African American Arts in Arkansas,” will feature speakers Delita Martin, Garbo Hearne, Garland Martin Taylor, and Arkansas History Commission staff member Jeff Lewellen.
Topics include “Talking Palette, Hidden Artist: The Art of Arkansas’s Henry Lewis Jackson,” “The Soul of Arkansas: A History of Arkansas’s African American Musicians,” and “In Search of Self: The Preservation of Culture through African American Art.” There will also be a presentation about African American authors from Arkansas.
The seminar is free to attend but registration is required. The deadline for registering will be May 30. Registration is limited, so be sure to make reservations soon.  Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m. on June 4. Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours through attendance.  Lunch will be provided. 
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 of 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, please contact us at or call 501-682-6900.
This event is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council.