Feb 20
February 20, 2014

Fred S. Boosey II

Drama Department Chair, Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School

Celebrating Diversity at the Clinton Presidential Center


Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School’s Fine Arts Department has a wonderful relationship with the Clinton Presidential Center through sharing, learning and experiencing programs celebrating Black History Month and other major events in the United States.

The Center’s focus on providing educational services to the State of Arkansas is a guiding commitment that provides wonderful experiences for thousands of Arkansas students.  It is this commitment that enables Parkview students to share the importance of diversity and the value of not only learning what is historically important, but also about the culture that surrounds these world experiences.

This year, the Parkview Arts and Science Magnet Fine Arts program will present “The Civil Rights Act of 1964,” which focuses upon the progress of America’s historical view on civil rights. It follows the life of a young woman who is asking questions of how we advanced civil rights in America and explores the answers through monologue and music of the period. 

Black History is the focus of the February 27th and 28th program, but it is not just Black History – it is American history. Our nation is diverse, and we thrive on national diversity to make America strong. Malcolm Forbes said, “Diversity is the art of thinking independently together,” and that approach of everyone working together makes the world a better place for all of us to live.

The Clinton Presidential Center is celebrating Black History Month this February with two special programs, which are free and open to the public. The first is the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Distinguished Laureate Series V (Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m.) featuring poet, author and publisher Haki Madhubuti, a native Arkansan and member of the Black Arts Movement who co-founded the Third World Press. The second is “Civil Rights Act of 1964” (Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.), an original program by Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School drama students that tells the story of the nation’s benchmark civil rights legislation and the events of 1963 that led to its passage. To learn more, click here.