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.
The new date of the event will be announced and posted on Jason Irby’s webpages (www.jasonirby.wordpress.com and www.lovewithinlife-jasonirby.com) and social media accounts.
Join author Jason Irby for the 2020 presentation of the Women’s History Month Observance on Saturday, March 28, 2020 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Arkansas Children’s Library and Learning Center.
The event will feature guest panelists to include Wanda Hamilton, who was one of the first African American students to enroll in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR); Sonta Jean, an on-air announcer at KOKY 102.1 FM; and Janis F. Kearney, who became the first presidential diarist in U.S. history, chronicling a former president’s day-to-day life.
Wanda Hamilton is a long-time activist and newspaper columnist for The Lincoln Echo, an African American community newspaper in Fort Smith. She was one of the first African American students to enroll in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR).
Sonta Jean is an on-air announcer at KOKY 102.1 FM. She has been the one and only “KOKY Queen” since 2000. She was raised in Arkansas and is now a mother of three wonderful children. Sonta Jean is a proud Hall High and Arkansas State University Alumni, a former member of the United States Army Reserves, and a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Janis F. Kearney
Janis F. Kearney is the first presidential diarist in U.S. history, chronicling a former president’s day-to-day life. Kearney purchased the Arkansas State Press newspaper from Daisy Bates in 1987. She published the weekly paper for five years before joining the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign in 1992, where she served as director of minority media outreach, and later became the director of public affairs and communications for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Come and hear moving stories from Arkansas women who have made wonderful achievements in our cities and state.