LITTLE ROCK – The Midsouth Summit Black Expo, presented by the Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) Cancer Control Department at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), celebrated Black History Month with health screenings, entertainment, contests and more Feb. 25 at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center.
The event was free and open to the public.
“Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the black community,” said Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., associate professor of surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine and director of the ACRC Cancer Control Department. “We hope the fun, relaxed atmosphere of this event helped educate the public about how to reduce their cancer risk and live long, healthy lives.”
Mammograms were available to women age 40 and older who have insurance or qualify through the BreastCare program. Prostate cancer screenings for men age 40 and older were offered in collaboration with the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Health-related presentations offered information on breast, colorectal and prostate cancer. Information on tobacco cessation was provided by the UAMS SOS Quitline and Arkansans for a Drug Free Youth’s YES (Youth Extinguishing Smoking) Team.
• A Natural Beauty Contest, the winner of which will participate in the Hype Hair Natural Beauty Contest in New York
• High school jazz band competition, with cash awards for the three winning schools’ music departments
• Couture fashion show
• Philander Smith College Renaissance poetry contest winners and Voices of Praise
• Presentation by Senior Master Anderson of Anderson Taekwondo on the history of taekwondo
• Panel discussions on “How to Break into the Gospel Recording Business” and “How to Break into the Hip Hop Industry”
• “Father of the Year” essay contest, with the winner receiving a $1,000 cash prize
• Gospel choirs, praise dancers, steppers and hip hop musicians
• About 100 booths offering information on health care, job opportunities, finances, education and more
Sponsors for the event include the UAMS Arkansas Cancer Research Center Cancer Control Department, Pulaski Technical College, Landers Auto Sales, Arora, McDonald’s, Wal-Mart and St. Mark Baptist Church.