The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is celebrating the 2023 National Day of Racial Healing with four events.
Tuesday, Jan. 17, marks the seventh annual National Day of Racial Healing, a day in which individuals, organizations, and communities come together to create a more equitable world. UA Little Rock will join communities and campuses across the state in celebration by hosting a weeklong schedule of events for the second year in a row.
The first event, “Messages of Love,” will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Trojan Cafe. The UA Little Rock League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Racial Barriers Committee (RBC) will be stationed with construction paper hearts and paint pens for UA Little Rock community members to write encouraging messages that will be taped to the windows of the Donaghey Student Center for the rest of the week.
The second event, “Antisemitism and How to Combat It,” will be from noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at UA Little Rock Downtown. The hybrid panel is sponsored by UA Little Rock Downtown, the Student Government Association (SGA), and RBC. It will be moderated by Dr. Rebecca Anne Glazier, and panelists will include Rabbi Barry Block, Justice Annabelle Imber-Tuck, and Rabbi Biller. Panelists will discuss the recent rise in antisemitism and how to combat it. Register at: ualr.at/antipanel.
The third event, “Lynching in the South,” will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at UA Little Rock Downtown. The panel is sponsored by UA Little Rock, UA Little Rock Downtown, Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement, and the Racial Barriers Committee. It will be moderated by Dr. Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm, and panelists will include Dr. Guy Lancaster, Atty. Furonda Brasfield, and Clarice Abdul-Bey. Panelists will discuss the history of lynching in the South and how to heal from past transgressions. Register at: ualr.at/lynchingpanel.
The final event is the 2nd Annual Open Mic Night, which will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan 20, in the Donaghey Student Center Ledbetter Hall. The event is sponsored by the SGA and the RBC and will center around racial healing and fellowship. Anyone can apply to perform and sign up to attend. Register at ualr.at/openmic.