JONESBORO — Black History Month observances at Arkansas State University this year will be mostly through virtual platforms because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Event schedule:

Online presentation by Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, dean of the Graduate School, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday discussing her upcoming book and Black history.

Virtual lunch and learn presentations by LaGanzie Kale, owner of KLEK, on Feb. 10 and LaTasha Moore, owner of Tasha Teaches Spanish, on Feb. 24. Both are from noon to 1 p.m.

A lecture by attorney KenDrell Collins of Little Rock at 6 p.m. Feb. 11. Collins, a criminal defense attorney and member of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Law Enforcement Review Task Force, will discuss the current state of community activism.

Roger McKinney will livestream a guided tour of the Jonesboro Black History Museum at 6 p.m. Feb. 16.

The annual Living Legends breakfast at 10 a.m. Feb. 20, online.

A lecture on the future of activism by State Rep. Jamie Scott of North Little Rock at 6 p.m. Feb. 25.

The Multicultural Center will also partner with KLEK-FM on several community-oriented BHM activities, including the launch of a website supporting Black-owned businesses in Northeast Arkansas; and virtual poetry showcase and auction of African attire and artwork.

KLEK’s “Let’s Talk About” program will host interviews every Friday of the month with business representatives about where to #BuyBlack. These will be carried on the Multicultural Center’s Instagram live page.

For more details visit, or contact Multicultural Affairs, Room 3003 of the Reng Student Union, 870-680-4052 or