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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 at the Branches

Legacies at the Branches is a free monthly program of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies about Arkansas related topics.  Speakers have graciously given their time, first appearing at Legacies & Lunch, generally held every first Wednesday at noon in the Main Library’s Darragh Center.  They agree to an encore evening edition of the same talk later in the month at one of the CALS branch libraries. For more information, or to share ideas for future programs, please contact Heather Zbinden, 320-5744, hzbinden@cals.org.


Date and Time

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm