Author Jason Irby of North Little Rock will host a program open to the public entitled “Arkansas Women of History” in observance of Women’s History Month, Saturday, March 21, 2015. The observance will feature an exhibit and panel discussion at the Hilary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
In addition to the panel discussion, the showcase will feature a photo gallery/bio of historic Arkansas women. Panelists will discuss related issues as well as share stories about women who have influenced their own lives and careers. The Arkansas History Commission will also be on location to provide information, historic documentation, and answer questions.
“The women of Arkansas’ History have inspired and lived experiences that we can all learn from. Their contributions to our past, present, and future are priceless and that is why we must recognize their achievements,” said Irby.
The panel of distinguished women of Arkansas will include:
- Stephanie Flowers (Attorney, Senator -25th District, Chair of Children and Youth Committee)
- Dorcas VanGilst (Director of Women’s Ministries – Domestic Violence, Union Rescue Mission Mission/Dorcas House)
- Evelyn Moorehead (Attorney, 2010 Arkansas Supreme Court Justice candidate, Instructor, Special Judge for Pulaski County Circuit Court, and Litigator)
- Jessie Burchfield (Associate Dean for Information & Technology Services; Director of the Law Library; Associate Professor of Law)
- Reginia Shenell Kimbrough (Educator, Information Technology Project Manager, Program Advisor Career Development Facilitator and volunteer who has connected students in Arkansas with producers and entertainment executives from Hollywood)
- Media Wilkins (Attorney and specialized curriculum trainer, paralegal, mediator, and litigator)
- Angela Johnson (Vice President and founding member of University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Ethics Bowl Team.
Irby’s publications Love Within Life, Inspire The Intuitive Woman and My Arkansas My Home (from his Love Within Life Series) contain selected poems that have inspired, encouraged and empowered many by referencing various influential Arkansas women.
The exhibit will include two of Irby’s favorites: Maya Angelou (Author, Poet, and Actress, and Activist) from Stamps, Arkansas and Willie K. Hocker (Author, Poet, and Designer of Arkansas’ State Flag) from Irby’s hometown of Wabbaseka.