THE FOLDING CHAIR PODCAST
"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair" - Shirley Chisholm
THE FOLDING CHAIR is a podcast that is accessible to everyone to engage people around the topics of racial equity, activism, civic engagement, art, storytelling and more in Arkansas.
Powered by Arkansas Public Policy Panel hosted by Osyrus Bolly
The Pulaski County Voters' Guide: Chat with Loriee Evans about voter information and elections
The Pulaski County Voters' Guide https://www.vipvoter.org/voterguide was released in a collaborative effort from LRCA Indivisible, Arkansas Public Policy Panel, Little Rock Freedom Fund, NAACP Little Rock & North Little Rock branches, W. Harold Flowers Law Society, DecARcerate, League of Women Voters of Pulaski County and Arkansas Community Organizations. Physical copies of the Pulaski County Voters' Guide are available at any branch of the Central Arkansas Library System.
Voter education is providing unbiased, non-partisan information, voters are able to connect directly with the facts so they can:
Register to vote
Learn about the candidates and issues on their ballot
Learn about their voting options, such as when and how to receive their ballot
Learn about important dates and deadlines, so they don't miss their opportunity to vote
We educate voters across the state by providing the information they need to participate.
Loriee Evans is the lead organizer for Indivisible Little Rock and Central Arkansas, as well as the campaigns director for Arkansas Community Organizations.
Indivisible LRCA is a grassroots voter education and mobilization organization.
Arkansas Community Organizations organizes low-income and working families to work toward affordable healthcare, secure housing, and livable incomes. Promoting civic engagement is one of the ways they accomplish that work.
The Power of Youth-Led Activism with End the Uyghur Genocide
“End the Uyghur Genocide” is a youth-led activism project started in 2021 by students in Arkansas .
Mission statement: Our mission is to spread awareness and bring attention to the genocide of Uyghur people. We plan on supporting several bills within Congress and urging them to prioritize this issue. We are passionate about giving voices to those who cannot speak out and will continue until the Uyghur people are given the security, freedom, and peace everyone is entitled to.
Hadia Choudhary is currently a junior in high school. She is the founder of "End the Uyghur Genocide." Besides working on this project, she attends Quranic classes with an institute in Pakistan and with an institute in Canada. She is an official poet, a tutor, and a social justice activist. She loves to serve her community and spend time with her family and friends. She is also highly involved in her school activities, some of which include theatre, student Congress, future business leaders of America, the youth advisory council, French honorary, and student council.
Abby McMullin is a junior in high school. When not working on the End the Uyghur Genocide project, she can be found working on her school’s yearbook, teaching and playing the piano, taking pictures, reading, or listening to music. She is passionate about learning history, engaging in politics, and advocating for what’s right. Abby joined the Uyghur project in the summer of 2021.
For more information follow End the Uyghur Genocide on Instagram: @uyghur_project TikTok: uyghur.project YouTube: uyghur.project
We Are Each Other's Harvest: A conversation with Shandrea Murphy-Washington #WomensHistoryMonth
Shandrea Murphy-Washington is an Arkansas native born in Pine Bluff and raised in Little Rock. She is a graduate of the Mills University Studies High School, UA Little Rock, and the Clinton School of Public Services. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, a Certification in Nonprofit Management, and a Master of Public Service. She is the owner and lead consultant at Murphy Washington Consulting, an agency that focuses on improving the quality-of-life African American youth and families through holistic and culturally responsive programs and services. She also works as a Program Assistant for the African American Policy Forum, a New York based social justice think tank that connects academics, activists and policymakers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality. She is the author of Talking to Myself, a poetry collection that focuses on family and mental wellness.
Talking To Myself: https://www.amazon.com/Talking-Myself-S-M-Washington/dp/B08FNMPFRG/ref=sr_1_11?crid=2KHDMI7WL4U6S&keywords=talking+to+myself+poetry&qid=1644858963&sprefix=talking+to+myself+poetry%2Caps%2C110&sr=8-11
Murphy-Washington Consulting: https://www.murphywashingtonconsulting.com/
African American Policy Forum: https://www.aapf.org
Silence No More! BHM interview with Lisa Hicks-Gilbert Founder of Descendants of the Elaine Massacre of 1919
The Red Summer of 1919 was a period where white supremacy terrorism took place in more than 3 dozen cities in the United States including Phillips County, Arkansas. The Elaine Massacre was by far the deadliest race massacre in Arkansas history and possibly in the history of the United States. While its deepest roots lay in the state’s commitment to white supremacy, the events in Elaine (Phillips County) stemmed from tense race relations and growing concerns about labor unions. A shooting incident that occurred at a meeting of the Progressive Farmers and Household Union escalated into mob violence on the part of the white people in Elaine and surrounding areas. Although the exact number is unknown, estimates of the number of African Americans killed by whites range into the hundreds(estimated more than 800 African-American people were murdered.
The conflict began on the night of September 30, 1919, when approximately 100 African Americans, mostly sharecroppers on the plantations of white landowners, attended a meeting of the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America at a church in Hoop Spur (Phillips County), three miles north of Elaine. The purpose of the meeting, one of several by black sharecroppers in the Elaine area during the previous months, was to obtain better payments for their cotton crops from the white plantation owners who dominated the area during the Jim Crow era.
Lisa Hicks-Gilbert is the Founder of the Descendants of the Elaine Massacre of 1919, the group is dedicated to amplifying the voices of the descendants of Elaine Massacre victims, reclaiming our narrative, honoring our ancestors, honoring our ancestors, organizing and collaborating to support the historic and economic empowerment efforts of Elaine, Arkansas and the surrounding communities . Hicks-Gilbert learned that she is related to Frank and Ed Hicks, two of the dozen Black men who were convicted and sentenced to death after the massacre in sham trials. They are known collectively as the Elaine 12. If you want to contribute assistance to the Descendants of The Elaine Massacre organization, contact Lisa Hicks-Gilbert via Facebook: @Descendants of The Elaine Massacre of 1919. The organization is currently accepting donations via Cash App: $DOEM1919 or its GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign. To find it, go to www.GoFundMe.com and search for: “Help the Descendants of the Elaine Massacre!”
Embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Coach Sidney Moncrief
Served as founder of over six successful companies from retail automotive to people development and consulting
A life-long entrepreneur with over 34 years of company start-up experience
Served on the Board of Directors of multiple organizations from a Fortune 500 company to community non-profits.
Coach Moncrief has been recently elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, five-time member of the NBA All-Defensive team, a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and an NBA All-Pro.
He is a former head coach and assistant coach. As a coach, Sidney Moncrief has served on the coaching staff of the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks. He has been an international team as the head consultant in Beijing
Sidney is also author of seven books:
“My Journey to the NBA”
” Your Passport to Reinventing You”
” Your Passport to Becoming a Valuable Team Player”
” Your Passport to Back2Basics Leadership”
” Your Passport to Manhood”
“Inspiring Tips for All-Star Entrepreneurs
Reinventing You – No Risk, No Reward
He is currently managing partner of Moncrief One Team. Moncrief One Team is a people development company specializing in Team Enhancement, Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, and Career Readiness.
Examining the Debate Around Critical Race Theory with Dr. Caree Banton
Dr. Caree Banton is the Director of African and African American Studies and an Associate Professor of African Diaspora History at the University of Arkansas. She received a MA in Development Studies from the University of Ghana in July 2012 and completed her doctoral work at Vanderbilt University in June, 2013. Her research focuses on movements around abolition, emancipation, colonization as well as ideas of citizenship, blackness, and nationhood in the 19th century. Her research has been supported by a number of fellowships, including the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship that allowed her to do research in West Africa, the Andrew M. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Robert Penn Warren Center where she joined a group of scholars across a wide range of academic disciplines in the Sawyer Seminar--“The Age of Emancipation: Black Freedom in the Atlantic World"-- to study abolition, anti-slavery, and emancipation for the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Lapidus Center Fellowship at the Schomburg Center and the Nancy Weiss Malkiel Fellowship for exceptional scholarship and participation in service activities. At the University of Arkansas, Dr. Banton teaches classes in Afro-Caribbean History, African Diaspora History, and race. Her book manuscript, "More Auspicious Shores”: Barbadian Migration to Liberia, Blackness, and the Making of the African Republic, 1865 – 1912, a study that explores continuities and mutabilities in black experiences of freedom, citizenship, and nationhood across the Atlantic world was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2019.
Purchase Dr. Banton's book "More Auspicious Shores: Barbadian Migration to Liberia, Blackness, and the Making of an African Republic" at https://www.amazon.com/More-Auspicious-Shores-Barbadian-Migration/dp/1108429637