The second annual Black Indian and Native American Heritage Month Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Little Rock.


The free event will be held at the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas Art and History at Little Rock.


Author Jason Irby from Wabbaseka is spearheading a committee to sponsor the event, according to a news release.


The project is being presented by the Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Jason Irby Innovation Foundation and the Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission.


Established by Irby in 2018, he and the committee will present the fair featuring speakers, exhibitors, presentations and a free food tasting station.


Guest speakers will include David Ware from Secretary of State’s Office, Dan Littlefield from Sequoyah National Research Center, Ed Levy from Trail of Tears Museum Project, Ty Wilson of Cherokees for Black Indians History, Ryan Spring of Choctaw Preservation, Kelley Nichols of Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Melissa Ray of Toltec Mounds State Park, Robert Winzerling of Quapaw Nation.


Featured exhibitors will include Black History Commission of Arkansas, 4H and Extension Services, Arkansas State Archives, Arkansas National Guards Museum, Cherokees for Black Indian History Preservation, Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas Art and History, Trail of Tears Association, Toltec Mounds State Park, UA Little Rock Anthropology Club, Trail of Tears Museum Prototype Drawing, Food Tasting Station, Quapaw Quarters Association, UAPB Small Farms Program, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Heritage Seekers, UA Little Rock Sociology Club, and additional Genealogical Display: J. W. Wiggins’ Collection.


The planning committee includes Dan F. Littlefield, director of the Sequoyah National Research Center; Erica Benedicto and Juanenna Williams of the Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission Commission; Carla Coleman of the Arkansas Black History Commission; Raymond Screws of the Askansas National Guard Museum, and Heather Zbenden of the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas Art and History.


Details: Jason Irby at jasonirbyinnovationfoundation@gmail.com.