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"Black America Since MLK" Screenings

AETN partnered with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the University of Central Arkansas Office of Institutional Diversity to host a free advance screenings of "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise."

'Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,' is a two-part, four-hour documentary series hosted, executive produced and written by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. The series looks at the last 50 years of black history – from Dr. King to Barack Obama, from James Brown's 'I'm Black and I'm Proud' to Beyoncé's 'Formation' – charting the progress black people have made and raising questions about the obstacles that remain.

The screenings, which were free and open to the public, were held at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock and at the UCA College of Business. A panel discussion followed each screening.

The panel discussion at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center was moderated by Dr. Joseph Jones, president of Arkansas Baptist College, and included: Dr. John W. Miller Jr., UALR Faculty Mentoring Program coordinator and associate professor of social work; Ryan Davis, director of Children's International; Matthew Caston, program coordinator at City Year and founder/CEO of the Freedman Society; Dr. Angela Webster, UCA associate vice president for Institutional Diversity.

The panel discussion at the University of Central Arkansas was moderated by Karen Walker, AETN Community Education Coordinator, and included: Dr. Angela Webster, UCA Institutional Diversity associate vice president and associate professor of leadership studies; Dr. Dionne B. Jackson, Hendrix College Diversity and Inclusion vice president and associate professor of education; Phil Fletcher, founder and executive director of City of Hope Outreach; and Harvell Howard, consultant for Forward Arkansas.