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De QUEEN, Ark. — A meeting will be held Wednesday for anyone interested in organizing events to support the minority population here.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the De Queen Sportsplex, 111 Lone Pine St.

Local residents who are interested in helping organize efforts to support the minority populations are encouraged to come out, said organizer Kevin Wayne Johnson.

"One purpose of the meeting is to begin planning a Southwest Arkansas Juneteenth celebration," he said.

Organizers would like to see a Juneteenth celebration that provides educational sessions, Black history workshops, a BBQ cook-off, and live music performers.

Other topics will include fundraising options for a Sevier County African American museum and multicultural center, and to develop programs that provide regularly scheduled Sevier County Latino and Black history education for the public.

People of all races, ages, backgrounds and identities are welcome to attend, Johnson said.

Anyone attending is asked to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. An online option to view the meeting will be available as well.

(For questions, please email Johnson at [email protected])

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