African American History Month

National African American History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, every American president has designated February as African American History Month and endorsed a specific theme.


logo for African American History MonthKick Off Through Service
In partnership with the The Van Organization, we are collecting the following essential items needed by the homeless to help support our homeless community.
Please bring donations to the Office of Campus Life by Feb 15th at 5:00 P.M.
Items needed: toilet paper, paper towels cleaning supplies, hand soap, laundry soap, dish soap, canned food items (pop top preferred), socks, regular and wool (new preferred), underwear (must be new), gloves, chap stick, razors, shaving cream, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, dry beans, rice, noodles/pasta

Thursday, February 11
Survey Says Game Show
7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. • EIT Auditorium

An interactive game show that incorporates African American History trivia questions.

Friday, February 12 • David Banner
7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. • University Theatre

David Banner is a Grammy Award winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, civic activist and actor who recently appeared in Lee Daniel’s The Butler and in Tim Story’s movie
Ride Along. Tickets available in the Office of Campus Life, DSC 216.

Saturday, February 13
Unity Brunch & Panel Discussion

Monday February 15
Black Inventors/Student Invention Program
7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. • Ledbetter A, B, C

This program highlights important contributions made by the African American Inventors. It is also a creative opportunity for UALR students to showcase their talents by competing in a student invention competition. Winning inventions will receive monetary awards. Contact the Office of Campus Life at 501-569-3308 for details on how to sign-up!

Thursday, February 25 • “Black & Brown Lives: Justice Over Social Divides”
6:00 p.m. • Clinton School of Public Service Sturgis Hall
Aquil Charlton and Esmeralda Baltazar

Speakers will draw on their own professional experiences as “teaching artists” and community organizers to discuss movements and initiatives that are local to both Chicago and the South. More info at

Saturday, February 27 • Excellence in Service Award Presentation
10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. • Arkansas Capitol Building
Winthrop Rockefeller, Ozell Sutton, and William A. Walker will be recognized for their contribution of service towards racial equity and unity. A student shuttle will be available. For more information, please contact the Office of Campus Life at 501.569.3308.