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February 3, 2015
It's in the Bag: Lunch 'n Learn Series
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Little Rock

MTCC's quarterly lunchtime series offers a variety of topics to educate, inspire, and entertain. This installment will feature the cast of The Rep’s new play, The Whipping Man. Set at the end of The Civil War in 1865, The Whipping Man is an extraordinary tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance. The award-winning play opened off-Broadway in 2011 to critical acclaim, winning the 2011 John Gassner New Play Award from the NY Outer Critics Circle and becoming one of the most produced plays in the country. Don't miss your chance to meet the cast and tour MTCC's new exhibit, "Freedom! Oh, Freedom!" Arkansas's People of African Descent and the Civil War: 1861-1866. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide the drinks!

February 6, 2015
Living History Tribute to Maya Angelou featuring Dr. Gwendolyn Twillie
10:00 a.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Little Rock

MTCC celebrates the life of poet, author, entertainer and civil rights activist, Dr. Maya Angelou. Her inspirational story will be brought to life by Dr. Gwendolyn Twillie, former chairwoman of the Theatre, Arts and Dance Department at UALR. Registration is required. Contact Elvon Reed at 501.683.3592.

February 7, 2015
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Piece
7 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Little Rock

A celebration of creativity and self-expression hosted by local poetry troupe the Foreign Tongues. This free event features youth poets from central Arkansas and a performance by Foreign Tongues. Featured poet, Jon Goode, has made appearances on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam," "Verses and Flow" and was featured on CNN's "Black in America."

As a national award winning performance poet, Jon has been privileged to share the stage with Jamie Foxx, Mos Def, Kanye West, Tommy Davidson, Will Downing, Kindred, Ledisi, Roy Ayers, Common, Amiri Baraka, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Kim Fields, The Last Poets and many other talented poets, comedians and performers.

Tickets available starting January 20. Limit 2 per person. Email or call 501.683.3593.

February 7, 2015
The Roots of African American Education in Arkansas
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Little Rock

The Black History Commission of Arkansas and The Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, February 7, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The symposium’s theme, “The Roots of African American Education in Arkansas,” will feature speakers, Peggy Lloyd, Dr. Joe Hale, Amanda L. Paige and Gwendolyn Twillie. Topics will include Ila Upchurch, the history of the Colored Industrial Institute, the Jeane Teacher Program and a living history presentation about the life of Charlotte Stephens.

The seminar is free but registration is required. Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m. Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours through attendance. Lunch will be provided. Registration is limited and the deadline for registration is February 2, so be sure to make reservations soon. For more information about the symposium or to register, contact Tatyana Oyinloye at or call 501-682-6892.

February 21, 2015
Black History Quiz Bowl
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Little Rock

Impressive teams of 6 -12 graders from across Arkansas test their knowledge of African American history, achievements and contributions in this annual statewide competition. For more information, contact Elvon Reed, Director of Education, at 501.683.3592.

February 24-25, 2015
Voices Without Borders
10:00 a.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Little Rock

Get ready for a musical extravaganza as Dr. Irma Routen presents her Little Rock area children’s choir, Voices Without Borders, live in concert! This performance is always a crowd pleaser. Don’t miss it! For group reservations, please contact Elvon Reed, Director of Education at 501.683.3592.

February 27, 2015
The 2015 Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Distinguished Laureate Lecture Series
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Little Rock

Inductee of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and renowned psychologist, educator, author and community activist Dr. Robert L Williams, will discuss the state of race relations in America. Topics will include: police violence and black men in America, black on black violence, and other social issues confronting the African-American community. He will also discuss solutions to challenges confronting young people today.

Dr. Williams is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology and African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and a prominent figure in the history of African American psychology. As stalwart critic of racial and cultural biases in IQ testing, Williams is known for developing the Black Intelligence Test of Cultural Homogeneity and coining the term "Ebonics" in 1973. He was a founding member of the Association of Black Psychologist and served as its second President.

Dr. Williams has appeared in the public eye on numerous occasions, appearing on television with Dan Rather, Phil Donahue and Montel Williams.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 501-683-3593

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