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The BeLOVEd Community
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Welcome to the Beloved Community Podcast brought to you by KUAF and the Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr Council.

The Beloved Community Podcast is designed with community in mind. We seek to highlight individuals and organizations that strive to build Dr. King’s beloved community in the Northwest Arkansas region, the state of Arkansas and beyond.

Each month, you’ll hear from leaders in our community, working to combat poverty, racism, and inequity and promote the ideals of the Beloved Community where injustice ceases and love prevails. BE INSPIRED TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT

Subscribe to the podcast now, so you won't miss the first episode - coming out on April 4th, the 55th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King. And follow the work of the Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Council on Instagram here!

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Latest Episodes
  • Join NWA MLK Council president Lindsey Leverett-Higgins and treasurer Chris Seawood as they speak with Alice Gachuzo-Colin. They discuss her work in Springdale, her activism; and historic run for Springdale City council.
  • We sit down with Sarah Moore, Fayetteville City Council member and one of the founders of the Arkansas Justice Reform Coalition. AJRC works to end mass incarceration led by the voices of the families and individuals of those directly impacted.
  • Chris sits down with HR professional and community collaborator, Monique Jones, to talk about her experiences running the St. James Missionary Baptist Church's Community Food Pantry, addressing the transportation needs of the community in Fayetteville, running for public office, and her inspiration to continue speaking truth to power.
  • Chris and Lindsey sit down with a man well-known in Fayetteville, as an educator, leader, friend, mentor, and advocate, Dr. John Colbert. Dr. Colbert recently retired as the twelfth superintendent of Fayetteville Public Schools. In his ground-breaking 46 year career, 43 years with Fayetteville Public Schools, he has served as the district’s first African-American special education teacher, the first African-American principal, and the first African-American superintendent. He is also the first FPS staff member to rise through the ranks from teacher to principal to assistant superintendent to superintendent.
  • For our fourth episode, Lindsey and Chris introduce and discuss The State of Black NWA, a groundbreaking community-wide initiative designed to amplify the voices of the Black community across Northwest Arkansas (NWA). The Council is launching the census project to gain a deeper understanding of the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas, with a particular focus on members of the Black community.The State of Black NWA census is for individuals who identify as Black or are descendants of the African diaspora living in Northwest Arkansas (NWA) and is available here.
  • Dr. Danielle Williams, Assistant Vice Chancellor & Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance and member of the NWA MLK Council, talks with Chris and Lindsey about the history, evolution, and meaning of Juneteenth, now a federal holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in Texas at the end of the Civil War. University of Arkansas' 26th annual celebration of Juneteenth. Freedom Fest will take place at Shiloh Square in Springdale, June 17th from 1-9 p.m with musical performances by Bone Thugs N Harmony, the Ohio Players, Young Joc, the Funk Factory, and more. Freedom Fest is a family-friendly, free event.
  • Join NWA MLK Council treasurer Chris Seawood and Dr. Rickey Booker as they discuss the diversity, equity and Inclusion landscape, it's necessity, history and ongoing placement in the sphere of race relations in Arkansas and beyond. You can read Dr. Booker's article "Progress Takes Time" on Arkansas Soul here. And you read more about Dr. Booker's work and read more of his writing here.Learn more about the work of the Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Council's work here.
  • For our inaugural episode, Lindsey talks with University of Arkansas Chancellor, Dr. Charles Robinson, about his historic appointment as the UA's first African American Chancellor. He also talks about his recommitment to the land grant mission of the University, increasing access and resources for students from Arkansas, and how hard it is to choose between R&B and hip hop in Lindsey's fast five questions. To learn more about Dr. Robinson, visit chancellor.uark.edu, and learn more about the Northwest Arkansas MLK Council here.
  • The Beloved Community Podcast is designed with community in mind. We seek to highlight individuals and organizations that strive to build Dr. King’s beloved community in the Northwest Arkansas region, the state of Arkansas and beyond. Each month, you’ll hear from leaders in our community, working to combat poverty, racism, and inequity and promote the ideals of the Beloved Community where injustice ceases and love prevails… Be inspired to join the movement!