POCAHONTAS, AR, Feb. 7, 2020 â€“ Black River Technical College along with the Eddie Mae Herron Center are hosting two speakers for the annual Black History Month Speaker Series. 

On Thursday, February 20 at 10 a.m. in the Randolph County Development Center at BRTC in Pocahontas, Amber Grady, Dean of Students with Williams Baptist College, will be speaking.  With her will be Ethel Tompkins.

Tompkins is one of the Hoxie 21 to integrate Hoxie Schools in 1955.  In 1961 she became the first African-American to graduate from Hoxie High School. In 2016 she received the Humanities Award from the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr., Commission.  

For more information or to schedule a group for the program contact Shawna Lepard at (870) 248-4026.

Photo:  Amber Grady and Ethel Tompkins


Black River Technical College is a 2-year community college in Pocahontas and Paragould, which offers associates degrees and certificates in general education and technical and career education.  The College houses one of the state’s law enforcement training academies (LETA) and fire science academies.  BRTC has 2,800 full- and part-time students.