Author Jason Irby Spearheads First of its Kind Native American Heritage Month Fair entitled “Black Indian and Native American Heritage Month Fair”

The Black Indian and Native American Heritage Month Fair begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10th with opening comments from the event establisher, Jason Irby, followed by a presentation of colors by the Parkview Arts Science Magnet High School ROTC.

“We presented this heritage event to preserve the history of Native Americans and the people of African descent who shared relationships among them.  Relationships ranged from friendship, family membership, to slavery,” said Irby.    

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Author Jason Irby Spearheads Memorial Ceremony Recognizing Wabbaseka Native and Sailor Who Served Aboard the USS Arkansas CGN 41

Author Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee invited the public to celebrate the third anniversary of the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

“This year we have the special privilege of recognizing and honoring our native son O.C. Horton, Jr., who served on the USS Arkansas CNG-41 [in 1978]. That is very unique,” Irby said in a news release, adding that Horton grew up at Wabbaseka.

KABZ 103.7 The BUZZ co-hosted a live radio broadcast beginning at 6 a.m. in the Wabbaseka Community Park at U.S. 79 and Myrtle Street in Wabbaseka, Arkansas.

At 10 a.m., the event ended with a flag ceremony by the Little Rock Air Force Base, Dollarway High School ROTC, and Camp J.T./Robinson NOSC Naval color guards.

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Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza 3rd Anniversary Celebration

On October 12, 2016, please join author Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee in celebration of the 3rd Anniversary of the Arkansas Flag / Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza.

“This year we have the awesome privilege of recognizing and honoring our native son O.C. Horton, Jr., who served on the USS Arkansas CGN-41. That is very unique,” Irby shared.

Horton grew up in Wabbaseka, Arkansas and later served on the USS Arkansas CGN-41 in 1978.

KABZ 103.7 The BUZZ will host the event.  The live radio broadcast will begin at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in the Wabbaseka Community Park located at the intersection of Highway 79 and Myrtle Street in Wabbaseka, Arkansas.

The event will end at 10:00 a.m. with a flag ceremony performed by the Little Rock Air Force Base, Dollarway High School ROTC, and Camp J.T/ Robinson NOSC Naval color guards.  This event is open to the public.

History of Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza

On October 12, 2013, Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee revealed the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza by conducting a showcase and dedication ceremony at Wabbaseka Community Park in Wabbaseka, Arkansas.

The flag and veterans’ memorial plaza was established to honor the 100th year anniversary of the Arkansas State Flag, Miss Willie K. Hocker, flag designer and Wabbaseka native, and the USS Arkansas Navy battleship.

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2014 Year End Review: Reflections on Patriotism, Personal Accountability and Violence Prevention Addressed in Author Jason Irby’s 2014 Endeavors

“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 jason_irby_Publication1_pic11

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.

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Author and Humanitarian Jason Irby Hosted Observance of National Domestic Violence Month

Jason Irby, author of Love Within Life, recently released his latest book in the series.  The new book is entitled Love Within Life: So, You Want To Stop Violence?

Irby hosted an event along with Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers in observance of National Domestic Violence Month on October 25, 2014 at the senator’s office located at 217 Main Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Guest speakers and presenters included Dorcas VanGilst, LPC and Director of the Women’s Ministries at the Dorcus House for Women and Children, Rev. Edna Morgan of Healing Place Ministries, and Officer Robert Sturd formally of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Additional participants included University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) youth mentoring organizations Essence of a Woman and Black Male Achievers, Shannice Ears of Fitness Boot Camp, Angela Johnson, Vice President of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s (UALR) Ethics Bowl Team, and the Jefferson County Boys and Girls Club.

Presenters at the observance event offered substantial information and resources that are available to address domestic violence and related issues.

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Community Participates in Flag Ceremony Hosted by Author Jason Irby at the Arkansas Flag-Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza

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.”

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Chair of Children and Youth Senate Committee Supports Author Jason Irby’s Effort To Stop Violence

Author Jason Irby is continuing his effort to bring attention and awareness of the contradictory stance by the sports leagues when it comes to the violent music or artists used to promote their games.

Irby’s second Awareness, Wellness and Choices Fair to stop violence took place on September 20, 2014 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The event was in support of Irby’s latest book in his Love Within Life Series: So, You Want to Stop Violence?

Arkansas Senator Stephanie Flowers, whose office was the location for the event, believes in the man behind the cause.

“When he puts his mind and effort in it, he gets things done,” she said. “I admire him for that and feel fortunate to know him. He makes things happen.  He has that energy.  He’s going to accomplish what he sets out to do.  The event will be a positive thing.  We will see a difference because of it,” she said.

Irby continued his quest to bring the awareness of the need for such pressure with his second event this year. The first event took place at the William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock, Arkansas on June 14th.  The event featured presentations by several community leaders, including representatives from the City of North Little Rock’s police and fire departments and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

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UAPB Participates In Presentations and Discussions Hosted By Author Jason Irby to Stop Violence

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s (UAPB) Agriculture Department, Black Male Achievers and Essence of a Woman (campus organizations) joined author Jason Irby on September 14, 2014 at the offices of Senator Stephanie Flowers to give presentations and discussions and address the subject of stopping violence.

Irby, the author of Love Within Life: So, You Want To Stop Violence, hosted the latest book event to encourage the youth to make wise choices.   Irby also continued to urge the sports leagues to uphold personal conduct standards and reject rap and hip-hop songs that are violent, inappropriate and contradict the leagues personal conduct policies.

UAPB’s mentoring organizations Black Male Achievers (BMA) and Essence of a Woman (EOAW) were an impressive presence. They displayed the beauty and energy of youth along with wisdom and integrity of future leaders. Continue reading