Herbert Denton Community Project: An Update
About the Program
Oral historian and writer Benji de la Piedra will give an update on his Herbert Denton Community History Project. Little Rock native Herbert Denton Jr. was a pioneering African American journalist at the Washington Post from 1966 until his death in 1989. His father, Herbert Denton Sr., was a lifelong public educator in Little Rock and a pillar of the city’s black community. De la Piedra is conducting a community history project including compiling oral histories in preparation for writing a biography on Herbert Denton, Jr.
About the Speaker
Benji de la Piedra is a writer and oral historian from Washington DC, currently living in Little Rock. In addition to his work on Herbert Denton Jr.’s biography, he co-directs the Columbia Life Histories Project and serves on the coordinating committee of the Arkansas People’s History Project. A graduate of Columbia University’s Oral History MA program, and a former fellow of the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability, he teaches and consults on community-based oral history projects around the United States. He speaks and writes regularly about American history and culture, with an emphasis on black intellectual expression.
About Legacies & Lunch
Legacies & Lunch is a free monthly program of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies about Arkansas related topics. Program are generally held from noon to 1 pm on the first Wednesday of the month in the Main Library’s Darragh Center. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided. A library parking discount is available upon request. For more information, or to share ideas for future programs, please contact Heather Zbinden, 320-5744, email@example.com.