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Bonus Episode: Understanding the Needs of Northwest Arkansas’ Black Community: The State of Black Census

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“Encouraging participation in this census is crucial for creating awareness and understanding the needs of our diverse community. It’s the only way we can work towards a more inclusive and thriving Northwest Arkansas.”

 – Lindsey Leverett-Higgins


In this episode of the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast, Randy Wilburn sits down with guests Chris Seawood and Lindsey Leverett-Higgins from the Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr Council. They discuss the State of Black Northwest Arkansas Census, aiming to gather data on the experiences and needs of the Black community in the region to promote inclusivity and inform strategic decision-making.

Historical Reflection

The conversation starts with a reflection on the historical challenges faced by Black communities and the self-sufficiency they have displayed in the face of adversity. The guests emphasized the importance of recognizing the significance of these communities and their contributions to the fabric of society.

Growth and Inclusivity in Northwest Arkansas

As Northwest Arkansas experiences growth and diversification, the discussion turns to the need for intentional community planning and inclusivity. Leverett-Higgins emphasizes the role of organizations like Engage NWA in ensuring that the region remains attractive for diverse talent.

Challenges of Retaining Diverse Talent

The conversation also delves into the challenges of retaining diverse talent and the disparities that need to be addressed to create a sense of cultural belonging. The guests highlight the importance of supporting Black entrepreneurs and professionals and increasing representation in industries like healthcare.

State of Black Northwest Arkansas Census as a Tool

The State of Black Northwest Arkansas Census is seen as a powerful tool to bridge gaps and address disparities. The guests encourage individual participation in the census to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard, and they invite stakeholders and businesses to get involved in creating a more inclusive community.

All this and more on this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast.  

Important Links and Mentions on the Show*

Email Lindsey Leverett-Higgins

Email Chris Seawood

NWA MLK Council Website

NWA MLK Council on Instagram

NWA MLK Council on Facebook

NWA MLK Council State of Black NWA Survey

Lindsey Leverett – Higgins on LinkedIn

Chris Seawood on LinkedIn

Tune in to KUAF 91.3 FM to listen to the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast on Ozarks at Large.

This episode is sponsored by*

Signature Bank of Arkansas “Community Banking at its Best!”

Northwest Arkansas Council – “Life Works Here!”

*Note: some of the resources mentioned may be affiliate links. This means we get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.

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