February 22, 2018
– Theresa Timmons-Shamberger, Founder & Executive Director of Timmons Arts Foundation; Dr. Karen Crowell of UAMS; Taren Robinson of Timmons Arts Foundation; Dianka Moton of LA Beauty Bar; Mike & Nia McConnell of Black Learning Matters; Levelle Davison, Vocalist, and Chad Mackey of Smackey’s BBQ | The 14th Annual UAMS MidSouth Black Expo will be held Saturday, February 24th from 9am-3pm at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock. The event is FREE and open to the public. Business empowerment will involve seminars, community leaders, exhibitors and there will be plenty of networking opportunities. Some of the Expo highlights will be Celebrity Entertainment with a live performance from R&B Singer Michel’le & more, ACT Prep, Fashion & Arts, a Millennial Lounge, Drum Line Competition, and hourly giveaways. There will be a Food Truck Court and the UAMS Mammovan will be onsite providing mammograms from 9am-1pm. (Registration is required. Call 800-259-8794.) Other Health Screenings will include Colorectal Cancer Screenings or FIT test for home usage; educational information will be distributed on Prostate Cancer and HPV, which is related to Cervical Cancer. For more information, call 501-891-1792 or visit www.midsouthblackexpo.com or Like ’em on Facebook.
– Lois Clemons (c/o 62), SAJAA National Coordinator; Artis Boykin (c/o 57), SAJAA Website Coordinator; and Ugly Mike (c/o 61) of Ugly Mike’s Records & SAJAA NLR Chapter President | Scipio A. Jones High School was re-named in 1928 after Scipio Africannus Jones, a prominent Black attorney, judge, and philanthropist who was very instrumental for guiding the appeals of twelve black men condemned to death after the Elaine Race Riot of 1919. By 1925, all of the men had been released. Jones described the case as “the greatest case against peonage and mob law ever fought in the land.”
Hundreds of Black children attended and graduated from S.A.Jones High from 1910 through 1973. The physical presence of the school in the Black community served as a stabilizing force and as a beacon of hope for Black people who dared to dream. The schools colors are Royal Blue and Old Gold and the mascot is a Dragon. The National Alumni Association has two scholarships available to qualifying high school seniors, the V.R. Robinson and the Dorris Enoch-Bailey scholarships. Several events are scheduled throughout the year and include the Jones High Class Reunion, held July 19th-22nd at the Little Rock Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center, 3201 Bankhead Drive. Festivities will include a fashion show, picnic, and more. For more information on the Scipio A. Jones High School Alumni Association, to apply for scholarships, or learn about the schedule of events, visit www.sajonenationalalumni.com.
- Jones Alumni, Pharoah Sanders & Band will be in concert, Saturday, February 24th at 7pm at UA-Pulaski Tech Center for Humanities and Arts, 3000 West Scenic Drive in North Little Rock. The concert if FREE, but you must reserve your ticket in advance at www.uapt.edu/pharoah or call 501-812-2387.