Black History Month

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Black History Month. Throughout this month, there are numerous events taking place at Arkansas State that are open to students, and the public, to celebrate Black History Month.  Telling us more is Assistant Director of Arkansas State University’s Multicultural Center Joshua Smith and Multicultural Affairs Graduate Assistant Sherida Johnson. More information on Black History Month can be found here.  

Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University has numerous events that will take place in February to celebrate Black History Month.  Director of the Arkansas State University Multicultural Center is Dr. Evette Allen. She tells about how events were selected for Black History Month and also tells about what those events are.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

The story of the 1957 desegregation of Little Rock’s Central High School by nine black students is well known. But overshadowed is phase two of the school district’s desegregation plan, which involved 25 students attending five previously all-white junior high schools in 1961 and 1962.

Brandon Tabor

Pocahontas is a small city with a population of just over 6,700 residents.  In this small city is a small white building tucked in a small neighborhood on the other side of the Black River.  Even though the small white building is in this small community, it has a big story to tell. 

The best person to tell the story is Pat Johnson.

"As you can see, this part is older than that section over there," Johnson says as she points at the opposite section of the building.

Brandon Tabor, KASU news

Students, lawmakers, and activists celebrate the nonviolence philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while honoring the Hoxie school integration at the 16th Annual Nonviolence Youth Summit at Arkansas State University. 

The theme of Monday's summit was “Remember Hoxie.” 

DuShun Scarbrogh, Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission CEO,  explains to the youth in attendance the reason for honoring Hoxie:

Ethel Tompkins served as the keynote speaker for the summit.  Tompkins was the first African American woman to graduate from Hoxie Public Schools. 

Honoring the Hoxie 21 at Nonviolence Youth Summit

Feb 19, 2016
Jonathan Reaves

The Hoxie 21 will be honored at a summit aimed at promoting positive community role models among youths. 

The Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host the “Nonviolence Youth Summit 16:  Remember Hoxie” as part of Arkansas State University’s Black History Month festivities.