‘Arkansas Divine 9’ opens Feb. 3 at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) will open its first community-curated exhibit, "Arkansas Divine 9: An exhibit of Arkansas's African American Greek Letter Organizations" on Saturday, Feb. 3.

The opening will begin at 4 p.m. and feature a screening of the film "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities." Admission is free.

“Arkansas Divine 9” includes a collection of photographs, memorabilia and other artifacts submitted by community members throughout the state. The exhibit will highlight the academic achievement, culture, legacy of service and community shared by African American Greek letter organizations.

The “Divine 9” are the Greek letter organizations that comprise the National Pan-Hellenic Council: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity.

"Tell Them We Are Rising" is presented in partnership with Indie Lens Pop-Up and Arkansas Educational Television Network. This film explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture and identity. This film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice.

Following the film, a panel composed of representatives from Arkansas's HBCUs will discuss the role of HBCUs in the state's history. The panelists are Dr. Lloyd Hervey, Philander Smith College; Dr. Howard Gibson, Arkansas Baptist College; Dr. Jerome Green, Shorter College; and Dr. Lawrence Alexander, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Angela Newkirk will moderate.

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