Join author Jason Irby for the Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month on February 27, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center located at 4800 W. 10th Street in Little Rock, Arkansas. There will be a dynamic lineup of presenters from around the state, including:
2015 has been a rewarding and wonderfully incredible year. So many great events and activities took place. The year began with a “stop violence” feature of me in the January issue at SEALife Magazine. The article on pages 16 and 17 reported my efforts to address violence as well as reviewing my book Love Within Life, influences in my life while growing up, and future goals toward Awareness, Wellness and Choices forums
The Butler Center of Arkansas Studies recently released “It’s Official! The Real Stories Behind Arkansas’s State Symbols,” authored by David Ware, a historian of the Arkansas State Capitol. It’s Official is a volume of essays that examine each of Arkansas’ officially designed symbols, outlining their beginnings, their significance at the time of their adoption, and their place in modern Arkansas.
On Saturday July 25, 2015, Jason Irby arranged to meet his father, J.D. Irby, at the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie to reintroduce him to granddaddy’s (Will Irby) farm implement that J. D. grew up using in his youth.
“Dad was like a kid in a candy store as he touched and rekindled memories of Granddaddy’s farm equipment. He seemed so comfortable and energized even as he boarded his dad’s old disk,” Jason Irby said.
J.D. expressed fond memories as he and family members, Narvell, Jason, and Lavern, toured the museum to examine the variety of agriculture and farm related exhibits.
“After I read my short story, Granddaddy Had a Farm, from the Love Within Life series to my dad, he informed me that granddaddy, Will Irby, had implement from our family’s farming history in the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Stuttgart, Arkansas. At that time (around 2007), I didn’t really pay that much attention to my dad’s story, but I decided to follow-up on the information after he mentioned it for a second time in 2014,” shared Jason.
Irby was recognized in two categories: Compassion and Kindness. The recognition award is given to inspire people to help others and improve their communities. It is stated on the award website that recipients come from all walks of life, live in all 50 states, and live around ten values that enhance the well-being of others and improve their communities.
“The people and the organizations that I have had the opportunity to partner with, meet, and address for the common cause of making our communities and world a better place to live, has been a humbling experience in 2014”—Jason Irby
Hosting the Arkansas Flag-Wabbaseka Memorial Commemoration Ceremonies, the Awareness, Wellness and Choices events, and participating as a panelist and speaker were incredible experiences. It was a great honor to stand with our nation’s military servicemen and women, police officers governmental officials, civic leaders and members of the community.
Speaking before youth from the University of Arkansas at little Rock (UALR), the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) in Conway, Arkansas, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission summer youth (L.E.A.D), and other youth groups, such as, the African-American and Hispanic youth initiatives.
Community leaders and organizations participated in the “Arkansas Flag-Wabbaseka Memorial’s Inaugural Year Celebration.”
The Ceremony was held at Wabbaseka City Park in Wabbaseka, Arkansas on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. The ceremony commemorated the one year establishment of the Memorial Plaza in Wabbaseka’s Community Park. The memorial is the concept of author Jason Irby who grew up and attended schools in Wabbaseka.
“Recognizing history and giving back to my hometown and community has always been a goal in my life,” says Irby. “I am proud that the community has joined and participated with me to lift and recognize the history of Wabbaseka, a fading small town surrounded by agriculture that I call home.”