South Arkansas Community College hosted a Politics in Black America panel moderated by our own NBC 10's Rudy Williams.
The panel featured Bishop Robert Smith Jr., founder of Total Outreach for Christ Ministries; Dr. Willie Payne, former mayor of Pontiac, MiIn honor of Black History Month, folks in El Dorado are coming together to hear from key figures in the African-American community.chigan; and Dr. Fitz Hill, president of Arkansas Baptist College.
The panel discussion touched on a wide range of topics affecting the black community including race in political elections, teenage pregnancy, fatherless homes, and blacks in public service.
"The idea that we can have a signature program and focus it on black history on this day, I think it's outstanding and that's why it's so significant," said Dr. Curtis Hill, Vice President of South Arkansas Community College.
Panel organizers say it gives blacks in El Dorado the chance to hear from notable figures in their fields.
"The idea of actually bringing them in to give their perspective, their insight, it's a motivational thing for us, it encourages us, and what happens is hopefully people will leave at least thinking about what it is they should be doing differently in terms of trying to improve and empower themselves," said Hill.
In addition, to the panel discussion, SACC also had dance classes and a car show as part of their African-American Family and Friends day.