BHM Events

2019 Black History Month calendar

If you would like to include your Black History Month event on this list, please email dvrsnews@uark.edu with your event details or fill out the "SUBMIT YOUR STORY/EVENT" form on our website.

Jan. 30 at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center
Evolution of Black Folk Music in the United States | 1:00 p.m.
Finding Your Own Style While Maintaining Integrity of the Roots in Black Folk Music | 5:00 p.m.
Jan. 31 | 7:30 p.m.
Sweet Honey in the Rock Concert (POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 2nd)
Location: Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center
Hosted and Sponsored by: UA Inspirational Chorale, Music Department and the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts
Please contact Dr. Murdock for more information about this rescheduled event.
Feb. 1 | 12 - 2 p.m.
My Black is Beautiful - Soul Train: BHM Kickoff
Location: ARKU Connection Lounge
Hosted by: Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education
Art history and criminal justice system event flyer Feb. 4 | 6:30 p.m.
Art, History, and the Criminal Justice System
Keynote Speaker: Kenneth Reams
Location: Arkansas Student Union, Suite 507
Sponsors: AAST and Visionairi Foundation
Florence Price House Concert Feb. 5 | 6 p.m.
Florence Price House Concert with Er-Gene Kahng
Location: Gearhart Hall 130
Sponsors: Honors College, African and African American Studies, Music Department, and Fulbright College
Florence Price House Concert Feb. 10 | 7 p.m.
D.M. Aderibigbe, author of “How the End First Showed and “In Praise of Our Absent Father” and PhD student @ Florida State University
Location: Nomad's | 1431 S School Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72701
Sponsors: African and African American Studies and Open Mouth Reading Series – Peter Mason
Feb. 12 | 6 p.m.
Shades of Ebony
Location: Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House
Hosted by: Black Students Association, Black Alumni Society Scholars, and the Black Alumni Society
Feb. 13 | 6 p.m.
Sweet Chariot
Location: Yocum Hall (basement)
Hosted by: University Housing
Free Men event flyer


Feb. 15 | 7 p.m.
Film Screening and Talk Back: Free Men by Anne Frederique Widmann - A documentary about Kenneth Ream's art and incarceration
Location: Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art
Sponsors: AAST and Visionairi Foundation
Feb. 19 | 7 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Angela Rye
Location: Arkansas Union - Verizon Ballroom
Hosted and Sponsored by: Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education and University Programs
Feb. 25 - 26
Blackness in the Italian Landscape From Colonialism to Contemporary Migration
Dr. Giuliani Caponetto on the Colonial Black Venus in 1970’s Italian Cinema (2/25/19)
Film screening of Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema with Q&A – Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, director and Dr. Caponetto
Sponsors: AAST and the Italian Language and Culture Program
incARcerated artist activism event flyer Feb. 26 | 6:30 p.m - Reception | 7 p.m. - Program
incARceraTed, Artist, Activism and Systemic Injustice:
Art Showcase and panel discussion

Panelists: Dr. Brian Gallini, Lawrence Bartley, Dr. Valandra
Panelist Host: Osyrus Bolly

Location: Reynolds Center Auditorium
Sponsors: AAST and Visionairi Foundation


Compassion Fayetteville BHM poster

Black Lives Matter of Compassion Fayetteville is excited about celebrating the Black History Month 2019. The theme for Black History Month is Images of BlackExcellence: Past, Present, and Future. We are pleased to announce a month of educational and celebratory events. Each event will promote the Black community as present and relevant within the broader Northwest Arkansas community by celebrating the past, present, and future contributions made by Black NWA residents so as to demonstrate social justice in regard to racial challenges throughout the region with the eventual goal of transforming the region.

This year our work exceeds February. We are creating year-round programs and events to grow and sustain the region’s commitment to racial equity and inclusion. This includes taking NWA high school students to the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. View more information on Black History Month community events in Northwest Arkansas at facebook.com/NWABlackHistoryMonth.

Kick Off Press Conference | January 31, 2019 12:30pm
ALLPS 2350 Old Farmington Rd., Fayetteville, Arkansas
Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Mayor Doug Sprouse, Bentonville Mayor Stephanie Orman, and Rogers Mayor Greg Hines have been invited to deliver proclamations. NWA students will attend. Public invited.
(I)sland T(rap) by Austin Ashford
February 1, 2019 7pm-8pm at Crystal Bridges
Healing from the Hurts of Racism | February 2, 2019 9am-noon
Location: 3061 N. Elizabeth Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703. Led by Dorothy A. Marcy, M.Ed., LPC and assisted by JImmye Whitfield, Connie Crisp, and Pattie Williams. The workshop begins at 9 am and ends at noon, and addresses the concept that racism is an illness which affects all aspects of American culture and damages both the perpetrators and the victims. This workshop is designed for white people who wish to examine their role in the perpetuation of racism and the way it has damaged and limited their relationships and minimized their perspectives for peace. Light refreshments will be provided. There is no cost for the workshop, but seating is limited to twenty people. If you are interested in attending, please register at bjwhit292@yahoo.com
Decades Party | February 2, 2019 10 pm
Pinpoint Fayetteville 23 N Block Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas
NAACP Founders Day Celebration | February 11, 2019 7pm
ALLPS 2350 Old Farmington Rd, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Trap Cardio | February 8, 2019 7 pm
Yvonne Richardson Center
Racial Equity Training | February 16, 2019
Facing Bias: Exposing Blind Spots—Engaging Action is a choice of morning or afternoon 9am to noon or 1:30pm – 4:30 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 224 N East Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas

This highly interactive workshop is designed to foster awareness, clarity, reflection and discussion about the concepts of diversity, inclusion, equity, access, unconscious/implicit bias and blind spots, through participant engagement in large and small group discussions. Participants will be invited to collaborate in learning by sharing experiences, questions and perspectives related to workshop content in a thoughtfully facilitated environment. Participants will leave with resources to help guide further reflection, conversation and action to counter unconscious/implicit bias and to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. There is no charge to attend. Please register: Racial Equity Workshop

Workshop Facilitators: Anne Shelley is the Executive Director of NWA Center for Sexual Assault and regularly facilitates diversity and inclusion training at the University of Arkansas, and for non-profit agencies locally and around the state. RoAnne Elliott is a former school district administrator recently relocated to Fayetteville from Minnesota where she worked with teachers and administrators on diversity and equity initiatives
African American Youth Book Program | February 16, 2019 11am
Rogers Barnes & Noble, Rogers, Arkansas. In addition to the story time, the store will create display tables for books by and about African Americans and they will accept book donations on behalf of NWA Black History Month.
Healing from the Hurts of Racism | February 23, 2019 9am-noon
Location: 3061 N. Elizabeth Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703. Led by Dorothy A. Marcy, M.Ed., LPC and assisted by Jimmye Whitfield, Connie Crisp, and Pattie Williams. The workshop beginning at 9 am and ending at noon, is designed for Black participants and addresses the concept that racism has laid in hurts on African heritage people which limits our concepts of ourselves and our potential. Participants will be assisted in healing the damage to our self-image and expanding our view of who we are and can be. Light refreshments will be provided. There is no cost for the workshop, but seating is limited to twenty people. If you are interested in attending, please register at bjwhit292@yahoo.com.
NWA Racial Justice Community Remembrance Project | February 23, 2019 1 pm
Crystal Bridges Gallery Talk
Celebration Day and Style | Sunday, February 24, 2019 2pm – 4 pm
St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 764 W. North St., Fayetteville
Rev R. Janae Pitts-Murdock: Keynote Speaker and Rev. Stephen Ivey: Host. Style show by Dillards. Black Clergy will be recognized.

Admission to all events is free. A community service project will include African American book donations for children ages 4-8 are requested to be distributed to all NWA African American Barbershops and Beauty Shops. A high school Essay and Art Competition for NWA students is planned.