State Sen. Joyce Elliott coming to Batesville

Lyon College and the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) are partnering again to this year to provide the community with a celebration of the legacy and contributions of African Americans.

The Fourth Annual Black History Month Celebration will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at UACCB.

State Sen. Joyce Elliott will be the keynote speaker.

Dean of Campus Life and Diversity Lai-Monté Hunter said the event brings Batesville together for a community-wide celebration of African American traditions and culture. It will feature music and ministry.

“The church is very prominent in African American culture, so we’re bringing those elements together,” Hunter noted.

Musical groups from various churches in the Batesville area will perform, as well as the Lyon College Gospel Choir.

The event will be student-focused, with participation from Lyon’s Black Student Association and UACCB’s Multicultural Student Association.

The event is free and open to the public.