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Arkansas Chapter
Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society

Slaves and Their Children
“The Builders”

February 17, 2007
Arkansas Baptist College
1600 Bishop Street
Little Rock, Arkansas

Arkansas Black History
Advisory Committee

Pre-Registration: $20.00
Students: $10.00
On-Site Registration: $30.00
(Includes catered lunch & conference syllabus)

Pre-Registration deadline:
February 15, 2007

Mail Registration to:
AAHGS Arkansas Chapter
12 Lorian Drive
Little Rock, AR 72212

Please make checks payable to:
AAHGS Arkansas
For More Information Call
(501) 425-5578


“Slaves and Their Children:
The Builders”

February 17, 2007

9:00 - 9:40a.m. Registration

9:40 - 10:00a.m. Welcome & Libation

Stefania Booth, President AAHGS AR
Dr. Fitzgerald Hill, 13th President ABC
Purpose & Libation - Dr. Patricia McGraw

10:00 - 10:55a.m. Hale Family Civil

Rights Contributions & Equal Education Opportunities (55 minutes)
Presenter: Dr. Joseph Hale
During this presentation, Dr. Hale will discuss the Building Blocks of the Hale Family, the effect that the Civil Rights Movement left on his family and their contribution to equal rights and educational opportunities.

11:00 - 11:55a.m. The Flanigan,Influence: Implanting Educational Values Through Seven Generations (55 minutes)
Presenter: Mrs. Annie Abrams
I will discuss how my great great grandmother, Lucy Flanigan, a slave belonging to a former Governor of Arkansas (Governor Flanigan), was able to pass on the value of education to her offspring. Each successive generation of my family has used education as a means of overcoming obstacles faced by African American families over the past century. Despite the inequality in the early school systems for African Americans in the early 1900s, my mother recognized the value of education encouraging me to leave Clark County and move to Little Rock when I was only 13 years old to attend the historic Dunbar Junior High School. I will also discuss the private school system for African Americans that developed in Clark County in the early

11:55 - 12:05p.m. (10 minute break)

12:05 - 1:00p.m. Education for African Americans in Warren: Walters Institute and Myrtle Street School in Bradley County (55 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Kathryn Fitzhugh
This is a story of the beginnings of formal education in Warren and the community of St. Paul Arkansas for African American children. How early did Warren acquire a high school? How early did Warren acquire a public elementary school? Did St. Paul have formal education? The story is one of reverence for education, determination, persistence, and teamwork in an era when the children of former slaves and others who assisted them in their efforts, banded together to make formal education a reality rather than a dream. Through gathering the bits and pieces through biographies, historians’ papers, a few books, and oral history, a partial picture emerges.

1:00 - 2:00p.m - Book Signings & Exhibits

Authors Luncheon

Why Daddy Loves His Girls!
Author - Linda George Buck

Aurora’s Stand
Author - Mercedes Alexander

2:00 - 2:55p.m. Who Your Peoples? (55 minutes)

Presenter: Rhonda Stewart
The shoulders we stand on had shoulders to lift them to another level. Will you provide the foundation to lift another generation? Look into your past to discover and document the foundation that supports you. Share your discovery because motivation from the smallest of acts can propel the greatest of force to enact change in a positive way.

2:55 - 3:05p.m. (10 minute break)

3:05 - 4:35p.m. Unveiling Your Legacy - How To Trace Your Genealogy and Find Your Family Origins (90 minutes)

Presenter: Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis
Always wanted to research your family tree but unsure how to get started? Need to know what to do with that collection of family photos and all those papers stored in the box under the bed. Become the ancestor detective and take the first step on an exciting journey. You never know who you might find.......

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