Celebrating freedom and equality this Summer

freeyourmindFree your mind this summer by celebrating liberation and equality with these community events. There’s something for everyone, fun family events, learning opportunities, a movie screening, and more! Events and programs are listed by date.


Monday, June 2 • ArCPA’s 2014 Spring Drive-In Conference

ARCPAspringdriveinThe Arkansas College Personnel Association is hosting their 2014 Spring Drive-In Conference from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 2, at Philander Smith College.

The theme of the conference is “Moving Forward in Social Justice: Where do We go from Here?” and will feature Rotary World Peace Fellow, author, and singer-songwriter, David LaMotte. RSVP NOW

Learn more at Moving Forward in Social Justice.


 Saturday, June 7 • June Fun Day: 12th Annual Block Party

familyfunjune7-200An annual block party will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at 2801 Arch Street in Little Rock. The event is sponsored by Coleman and Son Automotive and Leslie’s Tru Serenity.

For more information, call 501.372.3930 or 501.376.0204


Saturday, June 21 • Juneteenth

Juneteenth-logoMosaic Templars Cultural Center will host its annual commemoration of the end of slavery at Juneteenth 2014.

The event is free, open to the public, and will include a variety of activities designed to celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in Arkansas. With over 1,000 people in attendance last year, there are opportunities for volunteers, sponsorships, and vendor space.

For more information, go to Juneteenth 2014 or call 501.683.3620.


Saturday, June 21 • (1 – 3 p.m.) Screening of “Freedom Summer”

FreedomSummer-widgetDuring Juneteenth 2014, a free preview screening of “American Experience: Freedom Summer” will be shown at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center followed by a panel discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

“Freedom Summer” is a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson of the “Freedom Riders,” and tells the inspirational story of 10 weeks during the summer of 1964 when more than 700 student volunteers joined a historic effort to shatter the foundations of segregation. Seating is limited. RSVP NOW.

To watch the trailer or for more information, go to Freedom Summer.


Saturday, June 28 • 16th Annual LULAC Family Fun Fiesta

LULACThe 16th Annual LULAC Family Fun Fiesta, formerly known as the Cinco de Mayo event, is the largest showcase of Hispanic culture in Arkansas. This year an anticipated 5,000 to 8,000 people are expected to attend the celebration to be held at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Top-rated food trucks, kiddie land games, and music are some of the many activities that will be available at the event.

For more information, contact Dr. Terry Trevino-Richard, state director, LULAC of Arkansas at 501. 551.4456.


Wednesday, July 2 • 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

BrownieTerrenceTo commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Arkansas Psychological Association and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will hold an event to discuss the importance of psychologically healthy workplaces and honor two local civil rights advocates, political and social justice activist Brownie Ledbetter, and psychologist and member of the Little Rock Nine, Dr. Terrence Roberts, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Mosaic Templars.

The free and public event is designed to raise the awareness of the effect of discrimination in the workplace on the groups named in the 1964 Civil Rights Act which was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964. A reception will follow. RSVP NOW.

For more information, go to 1964 Civil Rights Act Commemoration and Awards Ceremony or contact Dr. Patricia L. Griffen, president of the ArPA at 501.223.8883.


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The Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was founded in July 2011. With a vision to make Arkansas the best state in the country for promoting and celebrating racial and ethnic diversity, the Institute conducts research, promotes scholarship and provides programs that address racial inequities. It does so by facilitating open and honest dialogue aimed at empowering communities and informing public policy to achieve more equitable outcomes.

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