Author Jason Irby Spearheads 2nd Annual Black Indian and Native American Heritage Month Fair

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

Exhibitors Include:

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

Additional Displays:

DR. J. W. Wiggins Collection

Genealogical Display

This event is free of charge and open to the  general public.  View information on for additional information.

Author Jason Irby Thanks “Essence of a Woman” at UAPB for Leadership Role and Presenting Domestic Violence Month Event

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