Gospel concerts slated to benefit UAPB students

As part of its goal to raise $100,000 in five years, the Hartfield Initiative will host a gospel concert with proceeds benefitting students at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The concert will be held Sunday, April 6 at 4 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church, 900 University Drive. Guests will include the Yard Voices of Praise, an ensemble comprised of UAPB students. The final concert will be held in Little Rock on May 4 at Christway Baptist Church.

Due in large part to UAPB’s mission, the institution educates a number of students who would not be able to afford a college education without assistance beyond grants and loans. Each year, more than $400,000 in donations are made available to students for tuition, fees, books, and school supplies.

The Hartfield Initiative is the brainchild of Freddie Hartfield, professor of mathematics at UAPB and was expanded by UAPB alumnus Bishop Chester Thompson. The initiative plans to raise $100,000 between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2017. All funds donated to the initiative will be matched through a grant from the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Institutional Service, Title III Program.

The initiative has been raising money through Gospel Extravaganzas in communities. Details: Call 575-8701.