The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association of University Women will commemorate its annual National Day Program at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11.
The event will be held at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the S.J. Parker Extension 1890 Complex Auditorium, 2300 L. A. Prexy Davis Drive. The public is invited to attend.
The theme is “Women Breaking Ground in Education.”
“The purpose of the program is to provide an educational event to promote the arts, music, and history in an informative and entertaining manner that appeals to a diverse audience,” according to a news release.
The keynote speaker is Mary A. Liddell, a retired educator, immediate past president of the Pine Bluff NAUW branch, and the national chairwoman of the fund-raising committee.
Liddell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education at UAPB; a Master of Science degree in reading from the University of New Haven, in Connecticut; and an Education Specialist (EdS) degree in leadership administration from Capella University at Minneapolis, Minnesota.
She taught school in the Warren School District, the Pine Bluff School District, and in schools in Connecticut, the San Antonio School District, the West Memphis School District, the Denver School District, and retired from the Little Rock School District. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Education Association.
Liddell was president of the Pine Bluff Education Association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Pine Bluff Branch. She has received service awards from former governors Mike Beebe and Mike Huckabee, the Arkansas House of Representatives and the Senate. She also received the Jefferson County UAPB Alumni Association Spirit Award.
Liddell is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and Bethany Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. She is the mother of three children — Gregory Cooley, Tadzia Cooley, and one deceased son, Jimmy Liddell Jr.
The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association of University Women was founded by the late Katie B. Jackson Pierre on Feb. 8, 1945, with 15 charter members at Arkansas AM&N College (now UAPB).
“During the past 73 years, the Pine Bluff Branch has committed itself to planning, devising, and organizing activities for enrichment in education, civic affairs, and human relations,” according to the release.
Mary Brentley is the president of the Pine Bluff NAUW branch, and Joyce Bracy Vaughan is the vice president. Kimberly Williams and Frankie Hemphill are co-chairs. Other members of the National Day Committee are Marikka Bender, Mary E. Benjamin, Brentley, Mardell Dilworth, Pamela Johnson, Liddell, Sharon Nicholson and Arlene Woody.
Debra Yarbrough is the South Central sectional director of NAUW. Stephanne Spikes is the South Central sectional lay member. Evelyn L. Wright of Los Angeles, California, is the national president.