Teachers Dorothy and Bernice Lockhart, the daughters of Edward S. Lockhart, Hot Springs ECHO, 1940. (PS05-03)
Who are we?
The Black History Commission of Arkansas (BHCA), created by Act 1233 of 1991, is composed of seven (7) persons appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Senate. Meetings are held quarterly. The mission of the Black History Commission of Arkansas is to collect black historical materials for the Arkansas History Commission; to encourage research in Arkansas black history; and to cooperate with the Arkansas Department of Education in the development of African American historical materials for use in public schools.
What materials do we seek?
The Commission is interested in letters, diaries, journals, business records, photographs, church and lodge records, yearbooks, personal memoirs and anything else of a documentary nature related to African American history in Arkansas. Please contact the Arkansas History Commission, if you have such materials to donate or lend for copying.
Curtis H. Sykes (December 21, 1930 - September 9, 2007) was instrumental in the establishment of the Black History Commission of Arkansas.
The Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program
The Black History Commission of Arkansas also administers the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program. The program has offered grants to fund projects related to African American history in Arkansas. Past projects include historical research, exhibits, workshops, publications, oral history interviews, documentary films, cemetery preservation and documentation, and other historical projects. Information about Curtis H. Sykes Memorial grants that have been awarded in the past can be found here.
Jeffrey Hawkins, Little Rock community leader and guiding force with the East End Civil League, was a regular rider of Central Arkansas Transit buses for 52 years in Little Rock. (PS15-10)