Author and Humanitarian Jason Irby Honors Local Pioneer and Pacesetter

Dr. Wanda M. Hamilton received recognition before an attentive audience for her historical community and civic contributions at the annual Women’s History Month Observance hosted by author Jason Irby.

Hamilton was unable to accept her award at the 2nd annual Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month due to unforeseen circumstances.

The Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month was established by Jason Irby in February 2016 as part of his Awareness, Wellness, and Choices forum.

Irby established the Women’s History Month Observance in 2013.  The celebration focuses on the achievements and historical relevance of history particularly related to Arkansas and Arkansans.

Irby announced Dr. Hamilton as a 2017 Legend Among Us and arranged for Dr. Hamilton to receive a Capitol Citation from Secretary of State Mark Martin.

“Ms. Hamilton, or to properly acknowledge her,  Dr. Wanda M. Hamilton (honorary doctorate of Humane Letters degree) is a pioneer and pacesetter who was among the first Blacks to integrate UALR,  known in 1964 as Little Rock University.  I appreciate her courage and endurance because UALR is an institution where I began as an adult, claim as home, and consider students and staff to be family.  I recognize Wanda Hamilton as one who opened those doors for everyone to have the opportunity to work towards achieving a quality education at UALR and beyond, “said Irby.

Dr. Hamilton is among the second year group of recipient to receive recognition at Irby’s event.   Robert “Say” McIntosh and Hubert “Geese” Ausbie also received recognition during the 2017 installments.

Receiving her recognition at the Women’s History Month Observance, Dr. Hamilton was among a panel of influential Arkansas Women who presented information and discussions concerning Women’s History, personal testimonials, and related women’s issues.

Additional information will be submitted in upcoming articles.

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