Feb 1, 2024 - Things to Do

How to observe Black History Month in Northwest Arkansas

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It's officially February — and Black History Month. Here are some ideas of how you can take part in NWA this year.

ğŸŽµ Black Music Symposium — The University of Arkansas' event theme is "Celebrating Afro-Caribbean Music," with lectures and concerts "exploring the ways in which Afro-Caribbean music relates to the experiences of Black musicians, as well as social movements."

ğŸŽ· Bentonville Public Library Black History Month Celebration — All ages are welcome to attend a magic show based on jazz musician Louis Armstrong, following a proclamation by Mayor Stephanie Orman.

  • The event begins at noon Saturday at the library. Free.

📚 Super Saturday at the Fayetteville Public Library — The story-time room will have African storytelling with poetry and singing.

  • 10am Saturday. Free.

ğŸŽ¨ Second Saturday at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art — This month's Second Saturday event will focus on Black artists and will include activities for people of all ages.

  • 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on Feb. 10. Free.

🔭 NorthWest Arkansas Community College arts and culture event series — This month's event will focus on Black history and will include a conversation with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, theoretical physicist, feminist theorist and author of "The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred."

🗣 Presentation on Theressa Hoover — This event at the Fayetteville Public Library will feature a presentation by University of Arkansas history professor Janet Allured on the late Theressa Hoover, a Black woman from Fayetteville who was CEO of the United Methodist Women from 1968 to 1990.

  • 10am Feb. 17. Free.
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