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Celebrating Black History Month — Virtual Events

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Arkansas PBS honors Black history this month with a full slate of programming and related events as part of Arkansas PBS’s ongoing commitment to showcase diverse and inclusive content all year long. Read on to learn how you can join us for special discussions and screenings with local and national virtual events, tune in for outstanding programs and access local series and assets on your schedule. 

 

 

 

 

Art Porter Sr. was a legendary Arkansas jazz artist and educator who also happened to be a longtime Arkansas PBS contributor, host and producer. In a special “Arkansas Sounds” presentation, enjoy a Porter playlist featuring our original documentary “A Music Treasure” and rare live performances and interviews from Porter’s groundbreaking program “The Minor Key.” 

 

Central Arkansas Library System and Arkansas Sounds  

Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. 

 

 

 

 

Premiering Feb. 16 and 17 this new, two-part, four-hour documentary reveals the broad history and culture of a living institution in African American life – the Black church. Enjoy a preview of this insightful new program, with a special welcome from Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Director Christina Shutt.  

 

Join Arkansas PBS and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. Register Now at myarpbs.org/blackchurchevent.  

 

Register for the national Zoom webinar with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., which will be held Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m.  

 

Tune in Feb. 16 and 17 at 8 each night.  

 

 

 

 

New York Times best-selling author Ijeoma Oluo and Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch of Arkansas State University have a frank and honest discussion about how to discuss race, what talks on race don’t have to be, and practical tools for having hard conversations. Oluo’s book "So You Want to Talk About Race" guides viewers through subjects including privilege, oppression, writing a book about race and more in our new, digital series.  

 

Join a discussion with Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch and Kwami and Clarice Abdul-Bey, held in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. 

 

 

Watch the full digital series: youtube.com/ArkansasPBS 

 

 

 

 

Held in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System as part of the Civil Rights & Social Change Collection, this virtual program will explore Little Rock’s African-American business district with a short history on the evolution of the Capitol City’s neighborhoods, a collection of videos from the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center describing the fraternal organization’s history and influence on the Black community and a screening of Arkansas PBS original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street.”  

 

“Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” recognizes, memorializes and shares the history of the once vibrant African-American business district from its emergence during the Civil War through its boom as “the entertainment Mecca of the South” and spirit and hard work of the people and the implications of federal programs such as Urban Renewal, school desegregation, the Housing Act of 1949 and the Eisenhower Interstate Program. 

 

A Conversation Worth Having – ‘Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street’ In partnership with Central Arkansas Library System Feb. 24, 7 p.m. 
 

Learn more: "A Conversation Worth Having - Dream Land: Little Rock's West 9th Street" 

 

Watch the documentary anytime: "Dream Land: Little Rock's West 9th Street"

 

WATCH WITH US: 

 

A select playlist of Black programming – including local series “The Glow With Big Piph,” “Healing the Divide and more – can be found at youtube.com/arkansaspbs. 

 

Download the scheduleand see all the ways to watch at myarpbs.org/waystowatch. 

 

JOIN THE EVENTS: 

 

Central Arkansas Library System and Arkansas Sounds  

Feb. 4, 7 p.m. 

 

Preview in partnership with Mosaic Templars Cultural Center  

Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.  

Register now at myarpbs.org/blackchurchevent. 

 

Screening and discussion with Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch and Kwami and Clarice Abdul-Bey and in partnership with Central Arkansas Library System 

Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. 

 

Discussion with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. 

Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. 

 

In partnership with Central Arkansas Library System 

Feb. 24, 7 p.m.