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Sunrise Service Reverend Lloyd Holcomb delivers the keynote address and urges attendees to cherish history and remember from whence they came.

Poetry Slam At left, Adelras “Kidd” Johnson performs at the Poetry Slam during Founders’ Celebration. Below, UAPB Greek organizations and alumni help sort items at Salvation Army. Photos by Brian T. Williams.


Convocation Elyssia Freeman, president of the Senior Class presented the Senior Wish, a tradition that has not been done since its appearance in the 1925 Alpha – one of the oldest known yearbooks for UAPB.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff marked 140 years during Founders’ Celebration. With the theme, “Inspired by the Past to Impact the Future,” festivities included traditional events and featured a Vintage Fashion Show, Community Service with Salvation Army and Poetry Slam. Founders’ Celebration is a tradition that has been going on for over 60 years blending academics, social activities, and history in an effort to communicate not only the history of the University, but also the importance of remembering how history built the school into what it is today.

Concert Attendees enjoyed a litany of music at the Founders’ Concert which included guest saxophonist Benjamin “Skip” Pruitt and African dance by the John McLinn Ross Players as the Wind Symphony performed.

Vintage Fashion Show The Vintage Fashion Show featured 80 years of fashion on UAPB’s campus and included clothing from 1911 (shown here, an ensemble from the John McLinn Ross Players production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone) to 1991. 8

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