Arkansas Black History Commission to host "African American Medicine in Arkansas" event on Feb. 5; headlined by Dr. Jocelyn Elders

Arkansas Black History Commission to host "African American Medicine in Arkansas" event on Feb. 5; headlined by Dr. Jocelyn Elders

BCN Staff – Jan. 30, 2022 – As Arkansans prepare for Black History Month observances, former U.S. Surgeon General and Little Rock native Dr. Joycelyn Elders will headline a kickoff event next weekend at the downtown Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

The Arkansas State Archives, in collaboration with the Black History Commission of Arkansas, will host a symposium titled “African American Medicine in Arkansas” Saturday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Mosaic Templars at 501 West Ninth Street.

Speakers for the symposium will be Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch of Arkansas State University, Dr. Jesse Hargrove of Philander Smith College and Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the first African American and 15th Surgeon General of the United States.

The Black History Commission of Arkansas (BHCA) is housed within the Arkansas State Archives, which is part of the state Department of Arkansas Parks, Heritage and Tourism.  The commission has a mission to collect materials on Arkansas’s Black history and history-makers and works to raise awareness of the contributions and impact Black Arkansans have had on the state’s history. The BHCA sponsors two annual symposiums devoted to Black history in February and June and administers a grant program that provides support for preservation and public programming projects related to Arkansas’s Black history.  
 
The upcoming event is in person but will also be available online. The event is free but registration is required by Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. Click here to register.  A breakfast box will be provided for attendees who register for the symposium.

Due to the rise in COVID-19 numbers, Arkansas Heritage is encouraging all participants to check its social media pages for the latest on in-person events including postponements, cancellations or adjustments to virtual.

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