Beyond barriers

Black History Month events expand in scope, area

Posted: February 8, 2018 at 4 a.m.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan, D’Andre Jones and John L Colbert, Associate Superintendent, after Jordan presented a proclamation during a news conference in 2017 to kick off Black History Month at the West Campus Agee Lierly Life Preparation Services Center (ALLPS) in Fayetteville.

Efforts by individuals and organizations in Northwest Arkansas are under way to make sure that Black History month -- a celebration whose roots stretch back to 1926 -- is properly recognized and serves as an educational opportunity to encourage diversity and inclusion in the community.

Fast Facts

Northwest Arkansas Black History Month Events

Today, 11:30 a.m.: Lunch and Learn — Black Minds Matter

Mermaids, 2217 N. College Ave., Fayetteville

Friday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.: Black History 101: Mobile Museum and Lecture

Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House, 491 N. Razorback Rd., Fayetteville

Monday, 7 p.m.: NWA NAACP Founder’s Day Celebration

ALLPS School of Innovation, 2350 Old Farmington Road, Fayetteville

Tuesday, 2 p.m.: Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching that Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism

UA School of Law, 1045 W. Maple St., Fayetteville

Tuesday, 6 p.m.: Books and Brews — Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow (Sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Library)

Core Brewing Company, 2558 E. Mission Blvd., Fayetteville

Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Race in Arkansas: 2018 Benton Co. Black History Month Event

NWACC Shewmaker Center, 1 College Drive, Bentonville

Feb. 18, 2:30 p.m.: Early Black Settlers and Their Progeny in Washington County

St. James United Methodist Church, 7 N. Willow Ave., Fayetteville

Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.: The Revolutionary Act of Transmitting Our Stories

Giffels Auditorium, University of Arkansas

Feb. 24, 11 a.m.: Black History Month Parade

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 224 N. East Ave., Fayetteville

Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m.: Black History Showcase

Ozark Montessori Academy, 301 Homcomb St., Springdale

Feb. 25, 2 p.m.: African-American Athletes in Arkansas Panel Discussion with Evin Demirel

Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville

Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m.: Celebration Day

Dwelling Place, 1855 N. Porter Rd., Fayetteville

Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m.: Black Authors’ Book Fair

ALLPS School of Innovation, 2350 Old Farmington Road, Fayetteville

Information: Email D’Andre Jones at or Patricia Williams at

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