UACCB Plans for Black History Month

By Karla Rush – UACCB Freelance Writer

            BATESVILLE – The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has announced a schedule of events to recognize February 2014 as Black History Month.
            The upcoming Black Heritage Week is the third annual celebration at the UACCB campus organized by the Multicultural Student Organization, formerly the Black Student Association.  Activities are planned for Monday, February 10, through Thursday, February 13.
            According to Van Taylor, sponsor for the Multicultural Student Organization, participation in the student group has almost doubled since 2013.  Taylor said, “We have 22 student members this year; the group is very diverse and open to learning about cultural history and actually experiencing cultural traditions.”
            On Monday, February 10, UACCB will show the Lee Daniels film titled “The Butler”.  This movie follows the true story of butler Cecil Gaines who served eight United States Presidents at the White House during the civil rights movement and other significant times.  The film is open to the general public at no charge and will run twice, at 4 p.m. and at 7 p.m., in Independence Hall.
            Tuesday’s event is a Quiz Bowl on campus where students will compete to show their knowledge of Black History facts.   On Wednesday, students can sample “Soul Food” during the lunch hour.  Taylor said, ‘’James Collins from Pulaski Technical College’s culinary arts program will return to UACCB for the third year in a row.  The food tasting has been really popular with students and we are glad James is going to prepare the food to be sampled again.”
            On Thursday, February 13, Arkansas State University professor Dr. Lonnie Williams will lead a topical discussion about his 2010 book “Remembrances in Black: Personal Perspectives of the African American Experience at the University of Arkansas 1940s-2000s”.  This presentation, like the film on Monday, is free and open to the general public.  Dr. Williams will speak from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
            In addition to the events scheduled on campus for Black Heritage Week, Taylor and co-sponsor Steve Collins are coordinating a field trip to Memphis later in the spring.  UACCB students will tour the Lorainne Motel, also the site of the National Civil Rights Museum, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968.  On the field trip, students will also visit the Burkle Estate (also known as Slave Haven in Memphis) believed to be a stop along the Mississippi River on the Underground Railroad.
           For more information about the multicultural student organization and other educational programs at UACCB, call 870-612-2000.