UPDATE: The Women’s History Month Observance Event has been POSTPONED due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Although Jason Irby seeks to honor women’s contributions to Arkansas and abroad, it is important that we consider the safety and well-being of all participants and attendees.
2019 was yet another incredible year. Just when it seems that one has reached a stopping point, more is demanded.
2019 took me further into new ventures than I could’ve journeyed alone. I could never have moved in such a forward direction under my own power. God is truly great. There were more dreams fulfilled. More imaginations revealed. More possibilities and opportunities available that were realized.
The year began with growth and change to Irby’s CRP Project. Those baby trees are coming into their own. My babies are growing and looking good. For the first time since I’ve owned the area I ventured into the forest. It was time to give the woods some attention. I marked trails for foot travel. Now I will continue to develop and improve accessibility.
Author Jason Irby will partner with the City of Wabbaseka to present the 2019 Wabbaseka Health Fair. The event will take place in the Wabbaseka community on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 100 North Paw Paw Street in Wabbaseka, Arkansas. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will last until 2:00 p.m.
The 2nd annual Black Indian and Native American Heritage Month Fair will be presented Saturday, November 2nd beginning at 10:00 A.M. in downtown Little Rock at the Bobby L Roberts Library of Art and History 100 Rock street. Irby and the planning committee that includes Dr. Dan Littlefield of the Sequoyah National Research Center, Juanenna Williams and Erica Benedicto of the Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission, Carla Coleman of the Arkansas Black History Commission, DR Raymond Screws of the Arkansas National Guard Museum, and Heather Zbenden of the Bobby L Roberts Library of Art and History are excited to present this one of a kind of event.
“This year’s event will offer a broad spectrum of information that should intrigue and quench heritage enthusiasts appetites. Ed Levy of Edwin Cornwell Levy is among our speakers and he will inform us about the highly anticipated Trail of Tears Museum. The Trail of Tears Museum is still in its planning stages, but a prototype drawing will be on display. Art lovers are going to be fascinated with several Native American created drawings that will be on display from the J.W. Wiggins Collection. The location of this year’s Black Indian and Native American Heritage Month Fair is also relevant because it is across from one of the Little Rock area Trail of Tears Historic Sites,” Irby said.
Guest Speakers Include:
David Ware – Secretary of State, Capitol Historian
Dan Littlefield – Sequoyah National Research Center
Melissa Ray – Toltec Mounds State Park
Ed Levy – Edwin Cornwell Levy
Ty Wilson – Cherokees for Black Indians History Preservation
Ryan Spring – Choctaw Preservation Department
Robert Winzerling – Quapaw Nation
Kelley Nichols – Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Raymond Screws – Arkansas National Guard Museum
Black History Commission of Arkansas, 4H and Extension Services, Arkansas State Archives, Arkansas National Guard Museum, Cherokees for Black Indian History Preservation, CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas Art and History. Arkansas Trails of Tears Association, Toltec Mounds State Park, UA Little Rock Anthropology Club, Trail of Tears Museum Prototype Drawing, Food Tasting Station, Quapaw Quarters Association, UA Pine Bluff Small Farms Programs, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Heritage Seekers Genealogy Club, UA Little Rock Sociology Club, National Park Service Central High School National Historic Site, and American Genealogical Society of Arkansas
DR. J. W. Wiggins Collection
This event is free of charge and open to the general public. View information on jasonirby.wordpress.com for additional information.
Author Jason Irby is proud of the young ladies of Essence of a Woman at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff for taking charge and hosting this year’s annual Domestic Violence Month Observance. “The students who are members of the “Essence of a Woman” organization have participated with our efforts to bring about Domestic Violence Awareness for several years. They bring a special energy and positive prospective to our forums. I am so proud of these young ladies for taking charge and hosting the 2019 Domestic Violence Month Observance on their campus in Pine Bluf, ” Irby said .
The program will feature a panel style discussion by local leaders and guest. Local leaders on the panel will include Senator Stephanie Flowers of Pine Bluff and Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington. Other guest will include the Pine Bluff Fire Department, Pine Bluff Police Department, University of Central Arkansas Lecturer Adriaan Gardner, Dorcas House for Women and Children, CASA of Jefferson County, and Jason Irby. The program will begin at 1:00 pm on the Campus of UAPB in the Student Union Center. This event is open and free to the public . Contact email@example.com jasonirby.wordpress.com