Local Notes: Lynching Victims Remember


Arts Council

Join the Arkansas Arts Council for a special virtual writing workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 15 via Zoom.

“Women Writing Stories: Messages from our mothers and other women in our lives” will be a celebration of women, their lives, their voices and their stories. The writing workshop will help women writers hone their craft, discover how to tell the stories of the women around them, and preserve the voices of their mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. The workshop will include tips on writing short memoirs, good writing techniques, and overcoming the fear of sharing our lives.

The event is free, but registration is required through Eventbrite at eventbrite.com/e/women-writing-stories-anthology-workshop-registration-151569421219.

Participants in previous “Still I Rise” writing workshops last March have the opportunity to send their stories to [email protected] a week in advance to get feedback from the writing coach and workshop facilitator Janis F. Kearney. The review will be returned to the author before the workshop. New participants are welcome to attend the workshop and share their own stories of their mothers or other women in their lives.

Kearney will guide participants through writing exercises and answer questions about writing and editing. Participants have the option of submitting their stories to the Arkansas Arts Council for inclusion in an anthology, which will include short dissertations on the Arkansas Arts Council website.

Kearney is a writer, editor, reporter and instructor. She was inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame in 2016. She has written several books and founded a publishing company, called Writing our World Publishing.

For further information: (501) 324-9775 or by email at [email protected]

Saint-Paul Library

St. Paul’s Public Library was selected as one of 317 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association that helps librarians better serve their small rural communities. . The competitive price comes with a $ 3,000 grant that will help the library organize community meetings with residents of southern Madison County, discuss community needs, and introduce new services, including delivery of books and a history service accessible by telephone.

Lack of transportation and internet access are two of the issues that keep some southern county residents from enjoying everything their library has to offer. In response, the St. Paul Public Library plans to launch more programs to reach those who cannot come to the library or who are unable to use the library’s online resources. These programs will be based on the results of the three community conversations scheduled for the end of the summer.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

Information: Email [email protected], (479) 677-2907 or splibrary.org.

Cancer of Hope

Hope Cancer Resources’ Wellness Center for Hope offers a yoga, meditation and fitness class for cancer patients and in-person caregivers, via Zoom and YouTube.

Their team of counselors and social workers support cancer patients and their families every day with a focus on emotional health, whatever the circumstances.

A certified tobacco treatment specialist is available to help those looking to quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapy and counseling.

Those in need of medical supplies, liquid foods, or durable medical equipment, such as shower chairs or walkers, are urged to reach out. Donations of new or slightly used items are also accepted.

Information: (479) 361-5847 or hopecancerresources.org.

New beginnings

New Beginnings announced today that it has received the biggest gift in the organization’s history from Jane Hunt. The $ 1 million donation will help complete the capital project, while providing essential financial support for sustainable programming.

New Beginnings is a non-profit organization located in Fayetteville that welcomes people experiencing long-term homelessness to a safe community supported by staff and volunteers where residents can access resources to take care of their health and connect with long-term housing.

Jane Hunt’s generous donation was organized with the help of the Arkansas Community Foundation team. The mission of the Community Foundation is to engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions to build community. Ms. Hunt is a founding member of the Foundation’s Philanthropy Club in Northwest Arkansas. The club is made up of 44 women who are committed to knowing the needs of the community.

Information: arcf.org.

Battle horse

Warhorse Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a major grant through the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Organizations serving veterans and their families in Arkansas have been encouraged by DHS to apply for a second round of CARES Act funding this spring.

Along with other worthy organizations, WLF received the grant in April. WLF already received a CARES Act grant in December 2020.

The CARES Act funding received by the WLF will be used to benefit veterans and their families in Northwest Arkansas. Funds were received for administrative purchases for Warhorse Ranch (first aid supplies, PPE, etc.), safety products for the Veterans Crisis Team, new equipment and additional equipment for WLF recreation programs (including archery, camping, water sports, etc.), transportation needs to Warhorse Ranch, purses and items needed for equine programs (adaptive saddles, bridles, horse trailer, etc. .), extensive training for WLF staff and volunteers, new devices to set up a computer lab for veterans and other direct support programs for veterans (food and nutrition assistance, housing assistance, etc.) .

The WLF is now accepting applications from veterans and their families to receive financial assistance from funding the CARES Act. Applications close June 15.

Warhorse Legacy Foundation researches, funds, and delivers meaningful equine programs, specialty activities, education, and networking opportunities that promote the physical, mental and social health of Veterans to promote successful reintegration into civilian communities.

Information: warhorselegacy.org or email [email protected]


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arkansas announces the following courses for the coming week:

• May 10: “Let’s be healthy, naturally” (in person). Take a tour of Bio-Tech Pharmacal Inc. for an initial introduction to making naturally healthy, high quality, professional grade vitamins and supplements that meet a wide range of energy and cellular needs. After the visit there will be a question and answer session regarding the industry as a whole. $ 25 members, $ 40 non-members.

• May 11: “OLLI for Coffee” (Zoom). Free and open to all, call for more details on Zoom; “Driving: what cars tell us about our society and ourselves” (online). $ 45 members, $ 60 non-members.

• May 12: “Taking charge of your life in a holistic way” (in person). $ 19 members, $ 34 non-members.

• May 13: “Understanding the Arkansas Criminal Justice System 101” (in person). $ 45 members, $ 60 non-members.

• May 17: “Your face through the ages” (in person). $ 19 members, $ 34 non-members.

Information: (479) 575-3541 or olli.uark.edu.


The Washington County Community Remembrance Project, established in 2018, is a multiracial group of Washington County community citizens who work in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, to remember and commemorate the victims of the lynching of the racial terror. The WCCRP will install a memorial in the historic Oaks Cemetery to venerate the lives of three victims, Aaron, Anthony and Randall, of the 1856 Washington County Racial Terror Lynch.

The unveiling of the markers will take place at 10 a.m. on May 15 at Oaks Cemetery, followed by a dedication and awards ceremony from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library. All members of the community are welcome.

The event will feature food from Secondhand Smoke, local art, music from the St. James Baptist Church Youth Choir and the announcement of the winners of the Racial Justice Essay Contest. the EJI. Covid precautions will be in place throughout the ceremonies.

Information: (479) 575-4884.

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