Community Briefs Feb. 23

GVI Peace Week set

Pine Bluff Group Violence Intervention will host Peace Week at local schools March 4-8.

"The goal of Peace Week is encourage and promote cease fire as daylight savings time begins on March 10. The goal is 95 days of no gun violence of homicides from March 4 to June 7 (National Gun Violence Awareness Day)," according to a news release.

Also, GVI will hold an open house at the GVI office at the Kevin Collins Center at the civic center in the former library at 6 p.m. March 7. The public is invited to attend.

The group will visit the following schools: Focus Academy -- March 4; Pine Bluff Junior High -- March 5; 34th Avenue School -- March 6; Watson Chapel High School -- March 6; Broadmoor School -- March 7; Watson Chapel Junior High -- March 7; Pine Bluff High School -- March 8.

The GVI director is Kevin L. Crumpton, according to the news release.

Ivy Center sets Real Talk to youth

The Ivy Center for Education will present the Real Talk Workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Generator, 435 S. Main St.

Presenters will be Judge Earnest Brown, the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. from the Alpha Rho Chapter, and the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. of the Delta Sigma Lambda Chapter.

Topics will include Peer Pressure, Making Good Decisions and Conflict Resolution, according to a news release.

The Alpha men will also present the "Necktie Project." Young men will be taught the proper way of tying a necktie and will be gifted the necktie when the workshop is completed.

Interested 7-12th graders and parents are encouraged to attend. Those who cannot attend in person, may join on Zoom. Use Zoom ID: 856 8296 4187 and Passcode: 351061.

Details: Mattie Collins at [email protected] or follow the Ivy Center for Education on social media and and at

Zeta Phi Beta to honor retired educators

Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. will honor five retired educators during its 35th Retired Educators Banquet at 7 p.m. March 2 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

The honorees are Dovie Burl, Doze Y. Butler, Andreyetta Dennis, Kenneth Moore and Bettye Wright. The banquet will also feature a video presentation of each retiree.

Honoring educators is a major project of the chapter. This idea was conceived by sorority members Lula B. Gray, Sharon H. Fletcher and the late Vivian M. Kelley.

"The chapter welcomes their 35th Finer Womanhood Observance as an opportunity to commend educators for their initiative, loyalty, devotion, courage and endurance," according to a news release. "The retired honorees are recognized for providing their students with a wealth of knowledge necessary for them to pursue their endeavors in life."

The theme, "Recognizing Dedicated Service to Education," acknowledges the honorees and their contributions to education in Pine Bluff and surrounding communities.

Zeta Phi Beta was founded in 1920 at Howard University at Washington, D.C. This year the sorority celebrates one century of service. The sorority is under the leadership of Stacie NC Grant, 26th International president; Kenya Washington, South Central Regional director; M. Shayla Evans, Arkansas State director, and Nastassia Merriweather, chapter president.

Banquet tickets may be purchased from members of the chapter or by calling Genevia Thomas at (870) 489-1262.

NRCS seeks student interns

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is posting announcements for more than 130 Pathways Program internship opportunities for summer 2024. This is a nationwide announcement targeting students majoring in agriculture, natural resources, environmental science and other related degrees, according to a news release. Details:

Friendship to host mayoral forum

A mayoral candidate forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Friendship Aspire Academy Southeast, 1501 W. 73rd Ave.

Candidates will include Mayor Shirley Washington, Vivian Flowers, Samuel Glover, Steven Mays, Joni Alexander Robinson, Charles Washington, and John Fenley.

To attend virtually visit To register and submit questions for the candidates visit

Friendship Aspire, as a public charter school, doesn't endorse any mayoral candidate. The event is open to the public, according to a news release.

Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Banquet set

Future Builders Inc. of Pine Bluff will host its second annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Banquet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Wilma Anderson Center, 4701 Dollarway Road. The community is invited to attend.

The agency will spread awareness on HIV and how the community can work together to end the disease in southeast Arkansas. They ask that attendees come prepared to learn more about the epidemic, the agency's goals, and plan to network with others, according to a news release.

The attire is business casual or semi-formal attire and the colors are red, black or brown. There will be music, dinner catered by D'Cora's Custom Cakes, and Mama Mia Photography will be available. Other organizations will also have tables set up to share information about their various programs.

There will be free HIV and Hep C testing, vendors, gift cards and free food.

Kwaeisi Golliday is the community health worker – case management supervisor with Future Builders Inc., 807 W. Sixth Ave. RSVP is not required but preferred at (870) 709-0108.

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