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Coming Soon: Celebrate Black History Month with Us!

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Thursday, January 14, 2021

Marquese McFerguson asWe are excited to announce a sneak-peak at programing coming up as part of Black History Month!

Director Christina Shutt will hold a virtual reading of children’s books that spotlight diversity and create dialog with children. The events will be held on Facebook and YouTube at 7 p.m. every Thursday in February.

Also, during Black History Month, MTCC will feature poet Marquese McFerguson as its February artist. McFerguson will create new poems using MTCC’s exhibits and artifacts as a springboard.

McFerguson’s work examines Black masculinity and contemporary Black popular culture. As an assistant professor of Intercultural Communication at Florida Atlantic University, McFerguson’s research explored Black popular culture and the relationship between media representations and everyday life. He is an award-winning slam poet and teaching artist who has performed at academic institutions and at venues throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

In his book, “Stories Untold, Stories Unfold: Spoken Word Poems about Undercelebrated African American and their Achievements,”McFerguson uses historytocreatespoken-word poems about the lives and accomplishments of African Americans who significantly contributed to their communities but remain overlooked. Often, these figures were underappreciated, undercelebrated and left out of school textbooks.

His signature series of poems tells the story of African Americans at the national and state levels and shares the accomplishments of individuals and groups such as Pharoah Sanders, Bayard Rustin, Sue Cowan Williams and the North Little Rock Six.

“With these poems, it is my hope that the undercelebrated stories of extraordinary individuals like Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Sue Cowan Williams, the North Little Rock Six and so many others, are shared and unfold in the hearts and minds of readers and listeners,” McFerguson said.

Ed DrewAlso, MTCC will honor African American military veterans with a visual arts exhibition and a virtual discussion with the artists behind the exhibit, “We Hold These Truths: American Veterans of Arkansas.” Photographer and artist Ed Drew plans to discuss the history and inspiration behind his evocative portraits of living, Arkansas veterans.

Other events include a partnership with Loblolly Creamery throughout February and special Black History Month posters featuring the contributions of African Americans in Arkansas. Keep a look out for all our upcoming events and programs!

For more information, visit www.mosaictemplarscenter.com or follow MTCC on Facebook and Instagram.

 


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