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.
I was honored to appear on the Broadway Morning Show, KIPR FM Power 92.3, on behalf of A-State Corvette Association during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day hosted by the Historically Black College, Philander Smith. It was an equal honor to serve as an usher on behalf of A-State Corvette Association for the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission ceremony held at Philander Smith College.
Hosting the annual Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month and the “Legend Among Us” recognition was another awesome experience. It was a great surprise and a humbling experience when former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders acknowledged to the audience that I exhibited the 5 C’s of leadership. Those words have left such an enormous impact in my spirit.
Such words make continuing the effort a blessing. Each of the past four years in celebrating the Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month has allowed many in our community and the State to gain awareness about those who walk among us. Those who have done great things and made tremendous sacrifices on behalf of humanity (see more about the Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month at jasonirby.wordpress.com).
I hope to continue Awareness, Wellness, and Choices in the spirit of love.
It was a pleasure volunteering for the Arkansas Chapter of the Lupus Foundation. I met a number of very special people whose chronic illnesses are not fully realized or understood in our communities. Awareness will be a valuable asset to the support and cure of this deadly illness. I believe and have stated that those who live with Lupus are more that survivors and warriors. They are day-to-day Champions.
I really enjoyed our guest panel at the annual Women’s History Month Observance. We learned so much about our guests as they shared their experiences and stories (see Women’s History Month Observance at jasonirby.wordpress.com).
The USS Little Rock crew members came to visit Little Rock. Much honor and prayers to the crew as they have dedicated their lives to protecting us. It was a pleasure and honor to serve them and the USS Little Rock Namesake Committee.
It was honor to appear on the KLRT Fox 16 morning show on behalf of the A-State Corvette Association to promote the annual A-State Corvette Association car show at Bale Chevrolet.
I was happy and encouraged to present on two new forums in 2019. I appreciate and thank everyone who participated in If Those Who Are Called: Help, Hope, and Healing Leadership Forum. I launched a new logo. This new logo represents Help, Hope, and Healing. I hope it will be enduring and bring peace, joy, and freedom to many.
Thank you to the young ladies of Essence of a Woman on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) for taking charge and hosting this year’s annual Domestic Violence Month Observance. Essence of a Woman has participated with Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers, Dorcas Vangilst, and the Jason Irby Innovation Foundation for several years now, and in 2019 took the leadership role in hosting the forum held on the campus of UAPB.
November was a busy and beautiful month just as the previous months of forums and activities. Appearing on Cumulus Media 102.1 KOKY, Power 92.3 FM Broadway Joe Morning Show, and Praise 102.5 to promote and share awareness about the 2nd annual Black Indian and Native American Heritage Month Fair was a lot of fun. Carla Coleman of the Arkansas Black History Commission shared the studio time with me as we presented information from past, present, and future issues. The Sequoyah National Research Center, the Arkansas Black History Commission, the City of Little Rock, the Arkansas National Guard Museum, and the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas Art and History were all great partners in presenting this endeavor. Thank you to everyone including presenters, vendors, and visitors.
Remembering other activities like Standing with the National Park Service Rangers at 2019 Trail of Tears Association Conference. Giving water and snacks to bike riders at the Tour the Bluff event.
I know I didn’t and couldn’t mention everything. Believe me, it was fun, challenging, and well worth the efforts.
I look forward to working with everyone again. I look forward to making many more awesome memories.
I look forward to possibilities of the incredible!
Jason Irby, Author and Humanitarian