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(V) Perceptions of Color #6: Black Love, Black History
February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CST
Program livestreamed at facebook.com/garlandcountylibrary and youtube.com/garlandcolibrary
Join Marsalis Weatherspoon and his guests in “Perceptions of Color,” a monthly series that intends to both celebrate and educate about all facets of the African American experience. Weatherspoon, a musician, speaker, and public servant, currently serves as President of the local NAACP branch, Hot Springs Branch #6013.
February is a time to celebrate Black History as well as Black Love: romantic, spiritual, and civic. Join us as we explore Black Hot Springs, from Jim Crow to the present era. Our special guest is Cheryl Batts, founder and CEO of People Helping Others Excel by Example.
Special guest, author, historian, and P.H.O.E.B.E. CEO & founder Cheryl Batts will be interviewed.
People Helping Others Excel By Example became the arm of research and documenting the life of African Americans in Hot Springs through oral histories. The youth in the community became as important in the process as the seniors and their oral histories. The Uzuri Project Youth Institute was created out of a need to support both groups. An unlikely research tool, these two groups are responsible for “Remember When…” a series of oral histories on film. These two groups spark encouragement, excitement, and education together. Today there are over 1,500 photographs and 100 oral histories on film.
Batts was also responsible for the research for the designation of two houses for the National Register of Historic Places in the Jonestown Neighborhood of Hot Springs, The Webb Community Center of Hot Springs on the State Register of Historic Places and furnishing information that secured the designation of Arkansas largest African American historic district, The Pleasant Street National Historic District.