Redefining Black History

Redefining Black History In 2022 we are redefining Black History. Telling stories of our past, as well as, the bright future All virtual and in-person events are open to the public.

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All ADH COVID-19 protocols and directives will be enforced during in person events.

It’s that time our year.  Join Mayor George McGill and the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas as we celebrate Juneteenth.  Sat...

It’s that time our year. Join Mayor George McGill and the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas as we celebrate Juneteenth.
Saturday, June 17, 2023.

Meet the cast: Grammy Award Winning Sherly Murdock as Mama

Meet the cast:
Grammy Award Winning Sherly Murdock as Mama

The Fabric of Fort Smith Movie Premiere! Thank you to our friends at Malco for hosting this historic Event!

The Fabric of Fort Smith Movie Premiere! Thank you to our friends at Malco for hosting this historic Event!

You have two more chances to see “The Fabric of Fort Smith” TODAY at Malco Cinemas at 3:00 & 4:00! Tickets are $4 and al...

You have two more chances to see “The Fabric of Fort Smith” TODAY at Malco Cinemas at 3:00 & 4:00! Tickets are $4 and all proceeds are being donated to the Historical Society.

And still we rise….

And still we rise….

Students Together Effectively Progressing Westark Community College Fort Smith Arkansas

Emma Watts- Sponsor


The reviews are coming in…
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Mayor George McGill
Grant Thomas
Chris Chaney
The City of Fort Smith, Arkansas

Come join the celebration…64.6 DowntownMayor George McGillFort Smith Regional Chamber of CommerceArvest BankFirst Nation...

Come join the celebration…
64.6 Downtown
Mayor George McGill
Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Arvest Bank
First National Bank
The City of Fort Smith, Arkansas

Join us on February 27 for an inclusive culinary and soul experience to close out celebrations.

Chef Jasmine will serve a biscuit bar and Larry B will perform, hosted at the Majestic Fort Smith. Tickets are $25, tickets here to purchase






Normally, we tend to talk about deputies in the 19th Century during the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s. Today, we are jumping up to the 20th Century to hear about t...


A huge thank you to Katrina Steward, Jasmine Williams, Larry Bedell, Kristina Jones and Lynette Thrower, and moderator, 64.6 Downtown executive director Talicia Richardson, for their sharing their stories during todays panel, Our Town’s Excellence, a conversation on black artist excellence in our community.

Thanks to Sol Studios for running our live feed, and to Fort Smith Coffee Co for the coffee on this cold winters day.


Come celebrate and learn more about the History of The City of Fort Smith, Arkansas


623 Garrison Avenue
Fort Smith, AR


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Please delete if not allowed. We are hosting a March for Reproductive Freedom - Fort Smith, AR on 10/2 and I would love to hear some stories or ask for speakers, if there are any women of color in town who remember fighting for this issue 50 years ago or remember their parents/grandparents fighting, etc. My motivations are simply to get more POC in attendance so we can help people get registered to vote in their best interests. Please message me if you are interested in sharing a personal story.
We understand that theatrics have taken away from the seriousness for certain communities, and are working to ensure this to be a safe space for everyone, with no over the top Handmaids Tale references or anything like that. Thank you!! ❤️
Hello all,

Supporting Mothers Who Lost Children To Violence

The “Derek Olivier Mother’s Day Weekend of Hope” missions to connect Mothers who have lost children to violence. This first annual event will be held Saturday, May 8th at Little Rock Central High School Football Stadium kicking-off at 11 am and will conclude promptly before noon.
Mothers in attendance will be introduced to other Mothers who have lost children to violent crimes. The goal of this event is to build a support network for the Mothers to assist each other during stressful times of coping with the loss of a son or daughter.
The event will be hosted by The Derek Olivier Research Institute for the Prevention of Gun Violence (DORI) located on the campus of Arkansas Baptist College. Derek Olivier was murdered on September 27, 2012 across the street from his College home, Arkansas Baptist College. In his honor, the College named the institute after Derek and works closely with the family to honor him by attempting to create awareness around gun violence which is the number one cause of death for Black men age 1-44 in the United States.
DORI has collaborated with CityServe, FM Radio Stations 93.3 The Fish & 105.5 Rejoice of Salem Media in sponsoring this inaugural event. Each Tuesday at 7 pm on The Fish & Rejoice Radio Stations, Leadership & Faith for Every Arkansan broadcasts an hour show on strategies currently being utilized to empower the church to meet the needs of their communities and discusses current violence trends and potential solutions to curb homicides in the United States.
DORI is working to expand its network of partnerships in order to increase the support to grieving mothers who have lost children to gun violence.

Greetings everyone!
Please join our New Facebook Group page as unfortunately we are growing in numbers and the text group is getting larger. I’m thankful you all are supporting & encouraging each other and want to keep everyone in connected.

We have a special event planned honoring all mothers in Central Arkansas who have lost a child to Homicide on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Please RSVP as soon as you can! D.O.R.I. & community loves and supports you!

Be Encouraged!

For these mothers ONLY as a group for us to honor they ONLY will be added to this page for RSVP purposes. To them/you to join the group:
•Click the link below which will take you to FaceBook
•Then click ‘join group’

For more information please contact Associate Professor of History Edmond Davis, Director of the Derek Olivier Research Institute at 318-243-9133 or [email protected]

Blackxecutive Black Founders Summit Little Rock Black Owned Businesses & Services BLK SWLR Community & Business SWLR Community Group SWLR PEACE SEEKERS ANTI-VIOLENCE ORGANIZATION
Mrs. Minnie Cox 1894 – 1981
James and Minnie Cox were both trailblazers in Little Rock and Fort Smith, Arkansas. Minnie’s father, Starling Brock, born a month after the Proclamation of Emancipation, was determined to get an education. Through his persistence to learn, he passed a teacher test which resulted in his becoming the 1st Black licensed teacher in the Antoine/Delight Arkansas area.
Minnie graduated from Branch Normal College in Pine Bluff with a degree in Home Economics in 1913. She soon moved to Little Rock where she met and married her husband James who had graduated from Philander Smith College. Before long, they both accepted teaching jobs at Lincoln High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Knowing Mrs. Cox, I am certain she would have been involved in the Women’s Movement, marching along with the Women Suffragist, and demanding the right to vote.
She taught for over 40 years, spending 37 of those years at Lincoln High School. Outside of work, she and her husband were both involved in Civic and Community affairs. They were active in their church and founding members of the local N.A.A.C.P. They were also members of the Masons and the Eastern Star organizations and actively donated their time and energy in support of other local charities.
About four years after Minnie’s death in 1981, James was honored along with several other Black Community Leaders as a distinguished leader in Civic and Community services for over 50 years. In attendance along with 200 guests was the Arkansas Statehouse representative and future president, Bill Clinton. It is no doubt , if Minnie had lived, she would have shared the honor.
Minnie Cox was a member of Mallalieu United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Anna T. Strickland Federated Club, Queen Esther Order of Amaranth.