Black History Month events planned in Fayetteville

A month-long list of events celebrating the city’s first Black History Month kicks off this week in Fayetteville.

Lindsley Smith, the city’s communications director, is scheduled to read a mayor’s proclamation naming February 2015 as Black History Month at a news conference set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Dwelling Place, 1855 N. Porter Rd. Refreshments will be served.

After that, a community meeting kickoff is planned for 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Fayetteville Public Library.

The proclamation coincides with the second annual Month of Compassion, an effort led by Compassion Fayetteville through the Fayetteville Forward Economic Accountability Council’s (FFEAC) Inclusion Group.

The month’s events will provide the community with the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Compassion Fayetteville initiative, sign the international charter for compassion, and discover how to become involved. As with all the events planned, it is free and open to the public.

The events scheduled for February’s Month of Compassion are included below:

Jan. 27 – Press conference for Black History Month at 11 a.m.inside the Dwelling Place, 1855 N. Porter Rd.
Jan. 29 – Community meeting kickoff at 6:30 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library (refreshments served)
Feb. 1-14 – Daily compassion meditation training at
Feb. 5 – “Honoring the Unique History of African Americans in Fayetteville” and the “Privilege Walk”, a kickoff for Black History at 6:30 p.m. in the University of Arkansas’ Memorial Hall, Room 230
Feb. 9—15 – Random Acts of Kindness Week
Feb. 12 – Personal narratives of African American experiences in Fayetteville facilitated by Dorothy Marcy M.Ed., LPC and Valandra Ph.D, LCSW at 6:30 p.m. in the Fayetteville Public Library
Feb. 14 – Compassion Café for Therapeutic Foster Care from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Feb. 17 – U.S. Random Acts of Kindness Day
Feb. 19 – “Segregation—When and Where Does It End?” and Oak Creek Cemetery film “The Forgotten Place” at 6:30 p.m. in the Fayetteville Public Library
Feb. 22 – Black History Celebration Day from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. James Church. Includes photographs by Andrew Kilgore; collected paintings by DeeDee Lamb; music from the St. James Choir; a conversation facilitated by Dr. Danielle Wood and Andrew Kilgore; and a reception.

For specific information about Compassion Fayetteville and compassion events during the month of February, contact Pattie Williams or Edwin Williams at [email protected].