MTCC Storytime Showcases Diversity

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Thursday, January 28, 2021

Featured booksCome discover how amazing diversity can be!

Join MTCC Director Christina Shutt at 7 p.m. every Thursday on Facebook Live or YouTube for a virtual story time that features authors and main characters of color. The event, which is sponsored by Loblolly Creamery, is part of MTCC’s programming for Black History Month.

Each story will help families open dialog with children about how everyone, no matter their differences, can be amazing.

During the reading, Director Shutt will reveal a secret code for one free, kid’s scoop of ice cream per family at Loblolly Creamery. Loblolly Creamery, located at 1423 Main St., is fundraising for MTCC and supporting the story-time event. Part of proceeds from each purchases of Maple Leaf Ragtime ice cream benefits MTCC.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center collaborated with Loblolly Creamery to create the unique “Maple Leaf Ragtime” flavor to celebrate BlackHistory Month in Arkansas. We developed the maple-pecan ice cream and dubbed it “MapleLeaf Ragtime” in honor of the great composerScott Joplin.

Joplin (1867-1917) is known as the “King of Ragtime.” He grew up in Texarkana and became a famous African American composer who was known for his ragtime music, which is a style of music characterized by its “ragged” rhythm. He composed more than 40 ragtime numbers for piano, the most famous being “Maple Leaf Ragtime.” The song sold more than a million copies. Joplin’s death in 1917 is widely considered to have marked the end of ragtime as a mainstreammusic format. In 1976, Joplin was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize.


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