Friday, December 28, 2018

'African Americans and Sports in Arkansas' Set for Saturday!

Four important speakers will discuss the history of African Americans in Arkansas sports during a free event this February.

The Black History Commission of Arkansas will present “African Americans and Sports in Arkansas” from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Check-in begins at 9:15 a.m. Get tickets through our Facebook page or at Eventbrite.

The event is free and is part of celebrating Black History Month. Lunch will be provided to the first 125 people who register. Lunch is not guaranteed after that. 

Speakers Evin Demirel, Jimmy Cunningham, Jr., Dr. Wilbert Gaines and Kenneth (Muskie) Harris will give insight into the contributions of African Americans in Arkansas’s sports. The event will include personal experiences.

Demirel is a Little Rock native and author of “Arkansas’s African-American Sports Heritage.” Cunningham, a Pine Bluff native, wrote “African Americans of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County.” Harris is among the first black football players for the University of Arkansas and remains involved in the Central Arkansas community. Gaines is among the first black faculty members at Arkansas State University and was one of the state’s first black referees.

Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours.

The Black History Commission of Arkansas is a board of the Arkansas State Archives, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.
The commission seeks to raise awareness of the contributions and impact black Arkansans have had on the state’s history.

Learn more about our speakers and get the agenda on our Facebook page!

For more information about commission, visit or contact Tatyana Oyinloye, African American program coordinator, at 501-682-6892 or