The University of Arkansas at Monticello African American Alumni will celebrate 50 years (1967-2018) as A&M/UAM Alumnus during the UAM Homecoming activities Oct. 14-21, according to a news release.
Thursday, Oct. 18 — Herbert Lewis, an “Alumni Elite” honoree, will be among inductees into the UAM Sports Hall of Fame along with Regina Wright and the 1990 Cotton Blossoms. Tickets are $35. Details: 870-460-1058.
Saturday, Oct. 20 — A&M/UAM African American Alumni Reunion “Breakfast with a Purpose” will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Capitol Room of the John F. Gibson University Center. The program will consist of breakfast catered by Aramark of UAM, an update of the history and accomplishments and contributions of some of UAM’s African-American Trailblazers. Barbara Blanks Gạthen, the first African-American graduate (1967), will have special remarks.
Special performances will be by Evangeline Parker-Guest, who was the first African American crowned Miss UAM in 1990. Also, guests will include Sharon Arnold of Lake Village and Courtney Reverend of Little Rock. There will be a special tribute to Aretha Franklin, “Queen of Soul.”
Louis Dunlap, the first full-time African American instructor, will be honored. The Louis Dunlap Scholarship will be endowed at the breakfast. The Classie Jones Green, Shay Gillespie and Al Peer 2018 scholarship recipients will be recognized. Rickey Cole (1982 alumnus) will be inducted into the “Alumni Elite.”
Also Saturday, following the football game, the “Old School Jam Party” will be held at Timberlodge Lanes bowling alley at Monticello from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be lots of food, fellowship and games. The cost will be $5 per person.
Sunday, Oct. 21 — At 10 a.m., worship services will be held at Morning Star Baptist Church, 312 E. Oakland St. at Monticello, where the Rev. D.J. Buffington is the pastor. The services are being held in conjunction with Men’s Day. The sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Moses V. Goldmon, a 1976 UAM alumnus and who is presently employed with UAM as Vice Chancellor of Student Engagement.
“We are excited about our 2018 Homecoming Activities and we encourage participants on all levels.” a spokesman said. “UAM has played a valuable role in our lives.”
“We express our gratitude for the support of our former Chancellors Dr. Claude Babin (1966-1977), Dr. Fred Taylor (1977-2004), Dr. Jack Lassiter (2004-2016) and last, but not least, Dr. Karla Hughes, for their support of the vision of the African-American Alumni.”
Al Peer is the UAM Alumni host.