Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Enrolling Now for The College of Aspiring Artists Opening Session
I Am My Brother's Keeper Edutainment Voucher is Available
Contact:  Bishop Alfonzo Madden at: 870.377.1701

Also... Joins us at the MLK 2016 Dumas Salute

City PRIDE Year-end Community Forum, Faith, Family and Fellowship Gathering

On Monday, December 28th City PRIDE, Positive Results in Dumas-Everyday, will unite with leaders from across the city and state from the faith, youth, business, creative and educational arenas to bring forth the Year-end City PRIDE Community Forum, Faith and Fellowship Gathering. The series concludes the monthly forums and fellowships which are normally set for the last Thursday in each month. 

The gatheringwill take place at HMC located at Waterman and Walnut.
The program starts at 5:30pm with a community youth and family forum designated for all persons/leaders who desire to join the discussion regarding positive resultsthat continue to transpire in the city while also reflecting on some of the challenges that Dumas is facing that stills requires faith in God and strategic planning and uniting among all the people.

From the murders to the mass feeding and empowerment programs beginning with the MLK Holiday Community Luncheon and Television Screening at the Dumas Community Center and HMC with Way Maker Ministries of New Orleans and The College of Aspiring Artists earlier this year, many people have joined in to bring comfort and joy to hundreds of residents in need. City PRIDEs Thanks for GivingAwards and Festival Day merged to the most recent Christmas giveaway with Lisa Simmons and her program partners adding another moment of joy, stated Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., Senior Pastor of HMC- 
Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith.

At 7pm the Faith and Fellowship Gathering invites all spiritual, community, youth and faith leaders to unite in a time of praise, worship and thanksgiving and end the year together. Bishop Alfonso Madden will focus on a theme Look Where He Brought Us From.Bishop Madden recently set up the "I Am My Brother Keeper" Memorial Scholarship in honor of Kentarrious Madden, Michael Reeves, and Jeffery Morgan with the mission of reaching other young people to have productive lives through education. All ministries are invited to join and participate.

City PRIDE was proud to present the 2015 Community Servant Award to Mrs. Hattie Watts, and the Clergy Leader Award to Pastor Jasper Jackson, Jr., Founder of Harvest Time Ministries in Mitchellville.
For a complete look at City PRIDE 2015 community impact, how to get involved and a first look at whats coming to Dumas/Desha in 2016 visit 

Happening Now- The Launch of our GoFundMe for Redevelopment the West Dumas Community Family Life Center

"I Am My Brother’s Keeper" Memorial Scholarship Narrative
Bishop Alfonso Madden, Founder

The College of Aspiring Artists is committed to making professional creative economy and entertainment careers possible for students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The “I Am My Brother’s Keeper” Scholarship has been created to encourage the participation in Dumas/Desha and the southeast Arkansas community programs and organizations who work with or support students from backgrounds typically who would not have access to such coursework and development for aspiring creative talents with interests in professional creative careers. This could include, but is not limited to, students of color, disabled students, first-generation college students or students who are economically disadvantaged. The inaugural class will focus on young men who will be challenged to remember the lives of other young men who were killed due to violence and encourage them to see how they can make a difference with help and hope from others. 

The standard award amount for this scholarship is $1200. However, the award may be increased depending on program length, financial need or total program cost by The College of Aspiring Artists. The tuition is for a full one year term from The College of Aspiring Artists coursework.  It is set with a minimum goal of 12-24 students enrolled. 

The scholarships will allow these participants a one-year term from the new TCAA campus at DTEC-Delta Technology Education Center in Dumas, Arkansas as specified in the Scholarship Narrative document.

For information and enrollment opportunities please call 870.623.81789. 

~Recent Happenings...
2015 City PRIDE “Thanks for Giving” Awards and Festival Day—
November 14th West Dumas Community Family Life Center
12noon-3pm | 501 West Bowles| Dumas, AR| 71639

The Happenings:

A Celebration of Delta Creativity, Music, Arts, Food, Families and more is on the way. 2015 City PRIDE “Thanks for Giving” Festival Day is just around the corner— It is the 10th year of the Annual “Thanks for Giving” Celebration now with the added City PRIDE boys and girls and youth and young adult features.

The festival brings the city together and attracts persons from across to Delta to come and celebrate City P.R.I.D.E.- Positive Results in Dumas- Everyday. Past Festival Days have brought over 1,000 persons to the West Dumas Community Family Life Center Festival Days.

Ø Positive Awards to Youth and Young Adults; includes talent and creative contest for youth and aspiring creative talents to win scholarships with “earn while you learn” benefits.
Ø 2015 Mentor/Leadership/Service Awards to Proven Leaders of Service
Ø Literacy and Book Fair
Ø College Recruitment Fair
Ø Workforce Empowerment Zone with Job Opportunities
Ø Holiday Vendor Expo- Inviting small businesses and startup businesses to bring a table of goods to “show and sell” just in time for the holiday gifts.
Ø A “Taste of the Churches” Yes- their love and holiday joy but also ‘a taste of great holiday food showcasing their best recipes and cooks’

Thanksgiving Day 10am-11am 
Community Thanksgiving Prayer Service with local Pastors and National Day of Prayer Leaders.  Details TBA  on November 14 at the West Dumas Community Family Life Center 
2015 " Thanks For Giving" City PRIDE Festival Day 

October 29th HMC- Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith
v  6pm-7pm, City Forum with Youth Programs Leading the Way to a Better Dumas-TODAY!
v  7pm-9pm, Fellowship and Memorial Scholarship with Bishop Alfonso Madden:
     Lessons on Forgiveness, Part I.   

-Saturday, September 24th – 26th
~Three Days of Uplifting, Love and Reconnecting~

The Forum- The Revival- The Book

Calling All Young Men and Women… Boys and Girls… The Community

Bishop Alfonso Madden who lost his grandson to a senseless murder this summer and others from across the city, state and nation along with host Pastor, Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D., are presenting this with a prayerful goal.  Not only his grandson but other young men were gunned down in our streets and this moment comes forth to bring positive discussion, action and solutions to help advance Dumas/Desha youth and young adults and families beyond some of the challenging concerns that have occurred this year and other matters that have been ongoing that require the power of God and power of “oneness” to bring about a change and betterment for all the people in Dumas and southeast, Arkansas.  Bishop Madden is Pastor of Christ Temple Pentecostal and Bethel Temple Pentecostal and will be joined by his congregations as well. 

Part I.  Thursday and Friday, 6pm—7pm- ‘We Listen-We Share’
Remembering the Young Men Who We Lost to Violence and Murder

Ø Setting Up A Memorial Scholarship Fund in Their Honor
Ø Setting Up Programs for After-school and Night Life Events
Ø Father and Sons and Fathers and Daughters Networks
Ø Fatherhood Mentoring for Those Who Need a Father

                      Part II.   7pm on Thursday and Friday |
Bishop Alfonso Madden will lead a community revival aimed to bring life and healing to Dumas with a special emphasis on the young men and women who are affected by the social ills of crime, drugs, violence, etc.   He will preach God's Word and be joined by concerned members in the Body of Christ from across Dumas, Desha and across the state of Arkansas. 

               Part III. Saturday: 8am-12noon

      “Father Deficiency” Book Tour with Author Bishop Frank Stewart

On Saturday, Bishop H. Stewart will discuss his book, Father Deficiency: 29 Things Every Person Needs To Know Who Was Reared Without A Good Father, and what individuals and organizations can do to help persons deal with these deficiencies on Saturday, September 26 from 9am-12noon.  The session will kick off with an 8am “I Am My Brother’s Keeper’s Prayer Breakfast and will be the final session a health fair is included and is being presented in part by the Arkansas Minority Health Commission.

Pastor Stewart is originally from Forrest City, AR, where he graduated from high
school. He then moved to Little Rock, AR and attended the University of Arkansas
at Little Rock. He has also attended Central Baptist College in Conway, AR, where
he clepped out of many Bible courses by scoring the highest entrance exam test
score in the history of the college. Pastor Stewart is the loving husband of First
Lady Jacqueline Y. Stewart. They have been happily married for twenty-eight
wonderful years. To this blessed union have been added four beautiful children:
Frank Nicolas, Candace Marie, Philip Joseph, and Charity Denise.

Pastor Stewart managed in the restaurant business for many years. He worked for
such chains as Pizza Hut and the McDonalds Corporation. He excelled on the
corporate level at McDonald's as an area supervisor. There, he was placed over
several different restaurant stores as an Area Supervisor until he accepted the call

of God to go to Conway, AR to begin Pastoring a church.

more info at:

On Monday, September 21st  from 9am-10am, City PRIDE- Positive Results in Dumas-EVERYDAY, presented a statewide community radio and online discussion themed, "I Am My Brother's Keeper" City PRIDE Radio and Online Forum   Featured panelists included Bishop Alfonso Madden and Bishop Frank Stewart and others from across the city, state and nation joined host, Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D., CEO, of The College of Aspiring Artists.  The leaders discussed their work across Arkansas with a special empowerment emphasis on Dumas/Desha and southeast, AR.   Bishop Stewart  discussed his book, Father Deficiency: 29 Things Every Person Needs To Know Who Was Reared Without A Good Father, and what individuals and organizations can do to help persons deal with these deficiencies.  

The goal continues to bring positive discussion, action and solutions to help advance Dumas/Desha youth and young adults and families beyond some of the challenging concerns that have occurred this year and other matters that have been ongoing that require the power of God and power of “oneness” to bring about a change and betterment for all the people in Dumas and southeast, Arkansas.  “We want people who are hearing about Dumas to hear what’s good in Dumas and what’s in positive motion to help guide and further advance our community.  I’m prayerful that this radio forum and these three days will be a key part  that God will pour out His spirit richly which will broaden this work for His glory and  better engage the local groups to come together while at the same time allow the community to see that other leaders and programs are teaming up along the way to do God's Will,” stated Hunt earlier.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

City PRIDE Days of Empowerment for 2015

New Development and Community-Involvement Initiative
Welcome to Dumas/Desha- AR

"We Are Better Together"
             | | 870.623.8179

Happening Now- The Launch of our GoFundMe for Redevelopment the West Dumas Community Family Life Center

Thanksgiving in Dumas
National Day of Prayer Joins City PRIDE Thanksgiving Day for“Sweet Hour of Prayer, Praise and Worship Service and Radio Special”

This Thanksgiving Day, the National Day of Prayer joins City PRIDE- ‘Positive Results in Dumas-Everyday’ and are inviting all persons across Dumas, Desha and neighboring cities to attend a special community Thanksgiving Day, Prayer Praise and Worship Service.  Bishop Alfonso Madden of Dumas is leading the spirit-filled service and will be joined by other ministries and concerned individuals who are coming together to offer joint prayers and testimonies of agreement and most importantly, prayers of thanksgiving to God for the many blessings in our community.

Prior to the service a special radio program will reflect on the year and salute persons and programs that have given much to the city and statewide efforts.  The program will air from 9am-10am on The College of Aspiring Artists Radio at  The service will be held at HMC-Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith in Dumas from 10am until 11am.   The service is a part of a monthly city youth forum and community fellowship series which takes place every 4th Thursday in the month and normally scheduled at 6pm. 

During the service prayers will be offered for local, state and national leaders in the areas of family, church, government, economy, military and media in the manner that the National Day of Prayer engages in daily and especially on the 1st Thursday in May, which is the National Day of Prayer.   In addition, there will be opportunities to pray with and for persons who are challenged with other concerns both individually or for city and community concerns. Proceeds from the services benefit the ‘I Am My Brother’s Keeper’ Scholarship Fund which promotes higher education and honors the lives of young men in Dumas/Desha.

The National Day of Prayer is part of America’s heritage and belongs to all Americans.  It provides an opportunity for citizens to pray voluntarily, according to their own faith – and it does not promote any particular religion or form of religious observance.  Arkansas offers a special proclamation each year from the office of the governor.

Our Recent Happenings are Worth Celebrating.....

2015 "Thanks for Giving" Festival Day

“A Taste of the Churches”
-Oh Taste and See that the Lord is Good-
Calling all churches who want to come out and ‘spread some love’ in the community and say “Thanks For Giving” to community leaders and programs who are helping to make a difference in our communities. It’s simple to sign on- here’s how:

1.      Prepare a meal of love, joy, peace, gentleness, etc.,- bring it out-(that’s the leaders)
2.      Prepare a table (or two) of your best holiday foods for up to 25 people
3.      Come on out to the City PRIDE – Thanks For Giving Festival Day and have a great time

Who can participate:  Any church or ministry in the Dumas, Desha and Southeast AR area.

Contact: Taste of the Churches at 870.377.1955

What We Do-
A new America calls for new initiatives. After months of careful and prayerful preparation, City PRIDE launched in Dumas and Desha County in the Fall of 2012. P.R.I.D.E. is the acronym for "Positive Results in Dumas Every Day" and expands to Positive Results in Desha Every Day and will have a greater impact when it reaches Positive Results in (the) Delta and in DC Every Day.

The word pride has two connotations most often conveyed.  One is the pride of arrogance, the other, the pride of dignity and honor.  City PRIDE focuses on the latter.  It derives its strength from a people/population that work together in principles of love, unity, non-violence and  humility in partnership with community organizations including but not limited to churches, schools, colleges, governmental agencies and media networks.  A weekly program airs which spotlights Dumas every Monday morning from 9am-10am on KABF 88.3 FM  which is powered by   The show is produced by The College of Aspiring Artists and TCAA Creative Economy Network. 

A current focus is to redevelopment the West Dumas Community Family Life Center and resume programs listed on this site as well as multiple new programs that will provide support to boys and girls, youth and young adults along with excellence in family and community programs and empowerment. 

Unfortunately, this year Dumas has witnessed three homicides with teenage young men.  Our prayers and work combine with all persons, ministries and organizations who are committing to making Dumas truly a city where PRIDE is more than a slogan.  

A Short Moment back...

1. Oct 24- 'All Community' Rally for the Redevelopment Work of the West Dumas Life Center: Cookout and Food Distribution for Families- ALL DAY EVENT:
-8am-12noon: Restoring the Center with Volunteer Work Crews on site- (serious skilled workers are desired and donations are needed and welcomed)
-2pm-4pm Rally- HUGS AND HOT DOGS

2. October 29- Monthly Community Forum and Fellowship @ HMC- Bishop Alfonso Madden will speak and lead out with the Memorial Scholarship for the young men who were murdered in Dumas this year:
-6pm-7pm: The Forum- Youth Groups and Community Leaders Discuss Progress for the City
-7pm-9pm: The Fellowship- A time to pray and get revived to the the works of God. 

3. November 14- The City PRIDE "Thanks for Giving" Festival Day featuring the best in Delta Music, Soul Food, Creativity, Contests, Vendors, Sports, Fellowshipping and more @West Dumas Life Center- HIGHLIGHT: Presentation of the 10th Annual "Thanks for Giving" Awards/Scholarships to Youth and Adults 

4. November 21- Trip to New Orleans for youth and leaders (details regarding time and who can go coming by October 29)

               "Let Your Voice Be Heard"

Recent Happenings: Juneteenth|  Join us for Juneteenth (June 20th) at the West Dumas Family Life Center at 501 Bowles  5pm-8pm


                      Sign-up | Volunteer | Donate at 870.623.8179  

Note: Due to the homicide of two young men in Dumas on the the day of the planned events, the program was done in an abbreviated segment.   The completion of the program will take place during the month of July and the date will be announced by here by July 4. 

Click below to see a positive report  regarding what UALR is saying about City PRIDE


City PRIDE: Town Hall Forum| May 19, 2015
SUMMER 2015- What Do Our Youth Want? Who Will Lead Them?

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 5pm-7pm, City P.R.I.D.E. — Positive Results in Dumas-Everyday is hosting a town hall forum with the theme—Summer 2015: “What Do Our Youth Want?  Who Will Lead Them?” The event focuses on a proactive listening and planning forum with youth-young adults, families, educators, ministers, entertainment and music business executives, recording artists, community, civic and community leaders discussing the issues that are affecting youth in Dumas as well as youth in southeast Arkansas.   The forum will take place at HMC- Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith located at 224 Walnut.  A walk-through of the summer camp site and networking session will follow the forum will be held at the West Dumas Community Family Life located at 501 W. Bowles Street.

While the forum will speak to the needs and possibilities focused on all Dumas youth and young adults, a strong emphasis is being placed on programs that originate and provide strategic services and benefits to youth who live in the west-end of Dumas and especially youth between the ages of 8-19.    

Panel discussion includes leaders from across the city, county and state who will be sharing their voice of support for youth in Dumas and Desha.  The forum will be a prelude to the return of a summer camp, Say Y.E.S.—Youth Empowerment Summer which offers “yes-saying” alternatives based on what youth and young adults desire to do this summer . The event will also spotlight other programs that are forthcoming. All community program leaders are invited to attend and participate.

Confirmed panelist to date include: Dr. Michael R. Twyman, who is the Director of Race and Ethnicity at University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Superintendent Kelvin Gragg, Dumas Public Schools, Mayor John Brigham, Judy Day, Executive Director of Dumas Chamber of Commerce along with local pastors, community leaders, etc. 

For questions, comments, a list of past and present partners and persons or organizations that have upcoming or youth-related program participants and how volunteers and partners can join City PRIDE, please contact:

Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D., at 870.623.8179 or email |


City PRIDE Spring Break Days of Empowerment Series-
March 15-April 15, 2015

City PRIDE- "Positive Results in Dumas Everyday" announces the 2015 Spring Break Days of Empowerment Series set for March 15-April 15. The theme is "All Life Has Dignity." From "Bloody Sunday-March 7, 1965 to a "bloody  Saturday," February 7, 2015 at Waterman and Peach with the murder of a young teenage male and the hospitalization of another, the cry to end violence and spread love continues. 

This series focuses on recapturing the PRIDE (of dignity) in our community with rallies, community worship services, music celebrations and a special program at the West Dumas Community Family Life Center during the Hood-nic weekend activities. A strong focus for boys and girls ages 8-15 and nightlife for ages 16-24 will be the goal and mission going forward. Here's a brief look at what's scheduled as other events are being added. 

Sunday, March 15- Community Prayer Service Lead by National Day of Prayer Leaders- Time and Location TBA

Monday, March 16-5pm-7pm: WE MARCH: Recapturing our PRIDE Street Rally/March from Peach and Waterman to Walnut at HMC-Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith:  We heard from leaders including NAACP President, Mr. Dale Charles, Chief Everett Cox, Mrs. Hattie Watts along and other community and statewide voices advocating love over hate and peace over violence. 

Tuesday-Thursday, March 17-19, 7pm: Citywide Revival at True Harvest Ministries.  The lead Minister/Pastor was Walter Witherspoon. Pastor's Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D. spoke on Tuesday and Dale Jackson spoke on Wednesday and Pastor Witherspoon spoke on Thursday. God moved in a great way. 

April 4- Remembering Rev. Dr. King on the 47th Anniversary of his assassination with a moving concert tribute and focus on non-violence in our community.  National recording artists including Paul Porter and the Racy Brothers were joined by other artists from across the state. Tracy Bell was the organizer and promoter.  Shout outs to him. 


Below is a recent letter to the Editor of the Dumas Clarion that brings timely emphasis to our mission/purpose and call to action. Currently, over 15 organizations have committed to helping City P.R.I.D.E. achieve its mission. 

Dumas 2015 and Beyond: City PRIDE— Arrogance or Apathy? We Decide

To City of Dumas- Leaders, Supporters and Well-Wishers: 

February 18, 2015- Today the spotlight is on Dumas and it is both good and not so good. It's not so good because we are in the middle of a murder, a mess and in dire need of a miracle. It's good because there are people and programs that are here and others standing by ready to assist in making a difference in Dumas. But most importantly is the fact that God is with us and right about now, He has much work for us to do.

One program that I wish to share that is committed to being a part of the problem-solving equation is City P.R.I.D.E. which stands for Positive Results in Dumas- Everyday. It's a program committed to the empowerment of boys and girls, youth and young adults and families that mostly reside on the west side of Dumas but has its mission and vision on the entire city of Dumas. It's where I grew up, where I pastor and oversee the West Dumas Community Family Life Center and where my parents and many others gave a lifetime to help build and promote.  City P.R.I.D.E. is a program of the West Dumas Community Family Life Center and with support from the city of Dumas, Way Maker Ministries, The College of Aspiring Artists and others, City P.R.I.D.E.  has been able to assist youth and young adults and families with mentoring, cultural trips, weekly radio segments, family-school and court interventions, food and household supplies during the past couple of years.

Today, (February 18) is one month to the date from the 2015 MLK Holiday Dumas/Desha Salute and Pioneer Luncheon. The event was strategically held in two locations—West Dumas at HMC—Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith and East Dumas at the Dumas Community Center. It was free admission to everyone.  After 25 years of producing MLK Legacy tributes, I was excited to come home to do what I call the R.I.P. —Reflect the Past... Inspect the Present and Project the Future regarding the legacy of Rev. Dr. King and engage the now and next generation of dreamers, visionaries, prophets and leaders to become “keepers of the faith.”

Fast-forward, less than one month, to this recent murder— Let me say that I’m very sad to see during the first week of what is known as Black History Month another tragic moment with “black on black” crime.  But I know and I’m sure many leaders will agree that this is way bigger than black on black crime.  We’ve got the major issue of ‘a city divided’ that’s on the forefront. Classism is for certain high on the list. It’s not new but in these moments the spotlight shining on Dumas forces us to take a good look at reality and ask some real game-changing questions.    First off, why did we not come together in a greater way on the MLK Holiday to honor Rev. King and those who gave their lives in the spirit and demonstration of love and non-violence?  What is prohibiting us as ministers, educators, elected officials and leaders from coming together and “bringing our boys and girls” to sit with us at the table of brotherhood to teach and share the principles productive citizenship, non-violence and economic advancement?

Let me give “shout outs” to “all” who came out and made it a great day.  Thanks to the Dumas Clarion for publishing the article promoting the MLK Holiday which included; an exclusive screening of the VTN-Victory Television Network TV Special, MLK TODAY-Undivided and a luncheon with Alice Patterson of San Antonio Texas, an author, reconciler and granddaughter of a former Klu Klux Klan member.

Finally, in 2008, I wrote a letter to the Editor entitled, What Will it Take?  Now five years later, I’m here asking the same question.  What will it take?  What will it take for Dumas and Desha to move forward, and look at a strategic plan that includes “all of Dumas” with a specific focus on our youth and young adults in the West Dumas community who need a “center of hope”  that they can call “their own?”   Can we do better? Will we do better?  My faith says yes we will.

Green Light Moment— After a costly, legal and frivolous fight regarding the retention of our West Dumas Community Family Life Center, we are blessed to be cleared with the re-development of a city’s centerpiece that brought life, career opportunities and thousands of people multiple benefits over a 12-year period.

Today, we need a city-wide, statewide initiative to help us bring it back.  I say to each of you with a humble cry, Dumas, let’s create greater moments with P.R.I.D.E for all of us.

To assist or get details please contact me:  Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D., at 870.623.8179 or at

Below is a quick look at some of the highlights from 2014 and a look ahead for 2015.  Your support will mean a lot. 

A.              2014 Days of Empowerment and Highlights

1.      Mentoring Youth and Young Adults- Intervention inside the Juvenile Detention System
2.      Opening Session with UALR’s Race and Ethnicity Department at Dumas Community Center
3.      Give-a-Ways from the HMC Food Pantry
4.      Back to School Gifts for Students
5.      City P.R.I.D.E.  T’ Shirt Awards to Persons who Volunteer and 
who Give Back to the Dumas/Desha Community Throughout the Year
6.      HUGS AND HOT DOGS- A part of Sunday's in the Summer Series
7.      Weekly radio promotions focusing on spotlighting positive results in Dumas everyday. Monday's 9am-10am on KABF 88.3 FM and  

B.             UP NEXT 2014 Year-end and 2015 Vision
1.      City PRIDE 2015 focuses on Dumas as a “model city” for ‘positive results in Dumas and in the Delta’ everyday.
a.      A one-year initiative that invite persons from across the state of Arkansas and a three-eight state Delta region to help build and expand the City PRIDE model.
b.  Re-development of the West Dumas Community Family Life Center to include the physical restoration and both the return of proven youth programs as well as new programming to meet the needs of our emerging youth and young adults. 

2.      December kick-off included advertising and promotions inviting persons to attend special January MLK Holiday in Dumas for January 18-19 with VTN-Victory Television Network, KABF 88.3 FM and other promoting Dumas.  The MLK Holiday Celebration  included an exclusive screening of the VTN-Victory Television Network TV Special, MLK TODAY-Undivided and a luncheon with Alice Patterson of San Antonio Texas, an author, reconciler and granddaughter of a former Klu Klux Klan member. 

2014- The Year in Review

On Saturday February 22, 2014, City P.R.I.D.E. (Positive Results in Dumas-Every Day), HMC- Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith, The College of Aspiring Artists, Way Maker Ministries of New Orleans and DCA- Delta Citizens Alliance of Greenville, MS are teaming up with local ministries, businesses and individuals in Dumas and in Desha county to present the opening session of City P.R.I.D.E.  Days of Empowerment (DOE) is the expansion initiative of the program that began with a monthly serving of a community meal along with the distribution of food and necessity items to families across the region.

Dr. Michael R. Twyman, Director of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute on Race and Ethnicity, will be the Keynote Speaker and Panelist for the Day of Empowerment (DOE).  The event is scheduled at two locations.  From 8am-9am, a one-hour prayer and praise celebration focusing on prayers for the city, county and nation will take place at HMC located at 228 Waterman Street and at 10am the Forum/Luncheon will convene at the Dumas Community City located at 18 Belmont Drive.  
 During the forum, panelists from within the city and county and from across the state will focus on topics to include:  Education- A New Way Forward, Diversity and Race Relations, Community-Based Mentoring, The Creative Economy and Wealth Creation, The Role of the Church in the New America and Healthy and Prosperous Living. Pastor Charles L. Johnson of Way Maker Ministries of New Orleans, Louisiana and Mr. Larry Williams of DCA-Delta Citizens Alliance of Greenville, Mississippi will lead in the panel discussions promoting their joint venture efforts with Arkansas programs and initiatives.  Other panelists will be announced in the coming weeks.  A special report on poverty reduction and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will come from the Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus along with a first-look at their upcoming conference at the Clinton Presidential Center.  

 In 2013 a conference took place on June 29th and brought together city officials, state and national leaders who toured Dumas and parts of Desha County with the goal of staying connected and working towards greater advancements in spiritual, social and economy advancements for all residents. City P.R.I.D.E. added an array of programs ranging from food services, health and wellness concepts, scholarship vouchers from The College of Aspiring Artists and new developments inside the creative economy that promise to add P.R.I.D.E. and opportunities to many persons in Dumas and Desha and the Delta.   In 2013 over 1,000 persons were served through City P.R.I.D.E.

“We began with meal and food distribution but we know that providing what is needed to improve the total spiritual, mental and physical needs in the community is what ministry and community service must do in order to be effective in transforming lives.   We are also very much aware of the reports from the USDA and the Arkansas Department of Human Services, etc., that convey that there are tens of thousands of seniors and persons in Arkansas who are food insecure in that they don’t have enough to eat or are at the risk of going hungry.  City P.R.I.D.E. is at work saying that we along with others are producing… Positive Results IDumas- Everyday.”  

City Pride Mission/Vision
January 21, 2013 was the Federal Holiday honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and also Inauguration Day of President Barack Obama in his second term. City PRIDE charted a bus to get Dumas youth and adults to the AR State Capitol Salute.  Beyond the MLK Holiday/Presidential Inauguration, City PRIDE has been working with youth and adults to make a positive impact through food distribution, mentoring and community outreach throughout the community, county, state and national networks who share in this vision of achieving… City P.R.I.D.E.


Historical Brief- December 2014
The inspiration that led to the development, incorporation and operation of the West Dumas Community Family Life Center, Inc., (WDC FLC) all began with a dream and a deep passion to do the work of ministry and community service. Today, this goal or passion is often referred to as “improving the quality of life.”

This Vision-Exchange reveals the investment of finances, human capital, network collaborations and other resources that have and remain today strength to the community of Dumas and the entire Desha County region. This is our redevelopment update and next step strategies. 

The start of the dream is always important and our overview begins here.  In the west end of Dumas adjacent to the Dumas Housing Authority Residential Community and to the Reed Elementary School, an old dilapidated building sat for years.  Built to be a Catfish Farm, the facility unfortunately never experienced any significant success ultimately became a major eyesore for 33 years.   The property would eventually be donated to an organization that was headed and directed under the leadership of the late Dr. A.L. Hunt, Sr.,  who was Pastor of the West Dumas Church of God in Christ. 

In 1992, Dr. Hunt began a mission to renovate the site and prepare to open the complex under a banner and theme that would be in the heart of the community and would have the community in its heart.  After recruiting and appointing a diverse board from within the community and state, comprised of different backgrounds, came much sweat and blood and tremendous sacrifice from within the local church and community who were dedicated to the reconstruction efforts. In the fall of 1994 the Dedication Ceremony of the West Dumas Family Life Center took place in a grand fashion that will long be remembered. It was the first community center of its type in the entire county.  

Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., a charter board member who was living in Atlanta, Georgia working for a major recording label, brought Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist and Tony Award Winner, Ms. Jennifer Holliday to Dumas for the Grand Opening of the West Dumas Community Family Life Center during the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Joined by dignitaries from across the state with a special visit with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the time for new beginnings was set.  From 1994 to the current date, The West Dumas Community Life Center continues to operate under the core motivation of its primary vision. 

A.  Overview
The purpose of this Vision-Exchange is to update key officers, current and future partners regarding the current goals and initiatives of the center.   

We begin with a reflection of Significant Accomplishments & Milestones during the administration of the late Dr. A.L. Hunt, Sr.  
Established the West Dumas Community Family Life Center, a non-profit public benefit corporation designed to provide community service specifically to persons located inside the West Dumas community but with programs that would serve the entire city and surrounding areas. The property was donated by Merchants and Farmers Bank.  The programs and projects have served many organizations, institutions and churches as well as hundreds of families, and students each year. Thousands of persons have utilized the property and received great support and services.

B.  Special Programs & Projects Housed and Operated Under the Oversight of the West Dumas Community Family Life Center:

a. Youth and Family Programs
b. Basketball Camps conducted by UAPB and Dumas Public Schools.
c. Summer Camps and free-lunch programs
d. Drug Prevention Seminars
e. Crime Prevention Seminars
f. Church Picnics and reunions
g. Community Rally’s and Town Hall Meetings
h. Voter Registration Drives
i. Blood Drives
j. Literacy Programs
k. School Reunions and Picnics
l. Bible Training Institute
m. Health & Wellness Fairs
n. Vocational training; cosmetology, masonry, food services, computer training
o. Bank and Financial Seminars
p. Park and Recreational Services
q. Health and Fitness Gym
r. Counseling and Rehabilitation Services 
s. Music Festivals
t. The College of Aspiring Artists Music and Arts Programs; a collaboration with Youth Opportunity and the U.S. Department of Labor; The program produced a Youth Choir that touring the nation including Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Georgia, Tampa Florida, and other key cities.   40 plus of the youth in the West Dumas community were afforded this great experience. 
u. TEA- Transportation Program
v. Say Y.E.S. (Youth Empowerment Summer) Initiative; a collaboration with the 21st Century Community Learning Grant
w. Generation Next Youth Empowerment Project
x. “Power of Oneness” Community Rally’s
y. Dreamer’s Conference Series

In 2004 a fire was set on the property and due to a lack of funding to properly renovate and resume programming, the programs were moved to the HMC (Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith) multi-purpose facility.  The program continues to do a number of community empowerment programs through the various programs listed below. 

C.  West Dumas Community Family Life Center Project Review and Projections

Generation Next Youth Empowerment Project- A key program of the West Dumas Family Life Center.  G’ Next (short for Generation Next) is our vision and commitment designed to help develop and prepare youth and young adults from our community to be the “next” group of leaders and community developers through the following programs; 

1. Generation Next After-School Program - The After-School Program began with initial registration on August 16th 2005 at a community luncheon and featured a keynote address by U.S. Congressman, Mike Ross in the Educational and Fellowship Hall of HMC.  The major objective of program emphasizes reading and a concept called, “Achieving Your Dream”. The goal is to motivate and encourage participants to read better with greater understanding.  The hours of the After-School Program were 3pm-6pm, Monday-Thursday and funding was secured for one year. Currently, the G’Next program is operating on Wednesday’s only due to staffing and lack of resources. 

2.Program components- Participants do their homework, receive tutorial support, read, write stories and perform through music and arts program from TCAA, The College of Aspiring Artist, a Little Rock based academy, preparing individuals for professional music careers. 

3. G’ Next Summer Camp- When resources are available beginning in July and ending in August, the summer months are filled with reading and recreational activities including field trips and empowerment activities. 

Annual Dreamer’s Conference Series- September-October Annual conference designed to motivate, inspire & encourage dreamers and visionaries to remain constant in pursuit of their dreams; a time and place where dreams become reality. One of the significant moments of the conference is the presentation of the church’s highest award, The Dr. A.L. Hunt, “Powerful Dream-Unshakable Dreamer’s Award

Delta Music Recording Project- Developing, promoting and marketing musical talents located inside the Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana Delta through music business and recording opportunities. 

D.  Summary

The West Dumas Family Life Center, its board, affiliates and staff of volunteers continues its mission to bring great programs and projects to the great residents in Dumas and Desha County.  Our goal is to stay focused on our primary agenda planted deeply in our initial core foundation while at the same time expand our capacity through networking and building strong partnerships and collaborations within our community. Amid many adversities this beacon of hope remains alive and well. 

The West Dumas Family Life Center is open to any all positive discussions and ideas and collaborations that we assist us in our efforts. 

On February 19, 2012, founding and charter board member, Dr. Alice M. Hunt-Tatum died and the board has a mission of honoring her along with other leaders and organizations who have and continue to make strong contributions to this community, county, state and nation in phase II of the center. The center at this time is being sued by the city of Dumas based on a frivolous claim that the city does not know who the owners of the center are.  The lawsuit was filed in 2009. On December 15, 2014, the lawsuit was dismissed in favor of the West Dumas Community Family Life Center.

The programs continued and a new initiative, City P.R.I.D.E. – Positive Results in Dumas-Everyday is now a centerpiece of the vision.  The program has boys and girls as its major focus with a goal of empowerment for persons across Dumas, Desha and throughout the Delta from our efforts and strategic location in Dumas.  

Currently, plans have begun for a re-development of the center with a return of the existing programs mentioned in this narrative along with new programs to include a satellite campus for new and aspiring artists by TCAA-The College of Aspiring Artists.  TCAA was an official institution that was a part of the 3-year study of the Creative Economy sponsored by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.  The reports  from 2007-2009 can be seen and printed at:  

West Dumas Community Family Life Center
Physical address:  501 West Bowles | Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 307 Dumas, AR 71639
Phone:  870.623.8179 |Email:

City PRIDE  is Presented by: 
West Dumas Family Life Center, Area Ministries, Way Maker Ministries- Each One Help One 

Sunday's In the Summer

What's is there to do in Dumas, AR this Summer?  HMC- Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith,  the program partner for City P.R.I.D.E.  does not confess to know all the happenings but we do want to do our part.

To get started, here's what we are doing from our church location, HMC- Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith

Beginning Sunday's in June HMC- Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith start their summer ministry and worship schedule.  “Sunday’s in the Summer” is the theme and includes other programs and opportunities lined up for the summer.  

8:30am-8:45:  The Cathedral Café- Hour of Power opens with a continental breakfast.  
8:45am — 9:45am: The “Hour of Power— Worship and Teaching Service” takes place in the Cathedral Cafe.  

9:45am-10am: HMC leads a national prayer call with the National Day of Prayer Task Force and the morning service concludes.  Any person desiring prayer can call in at:
712.432.0075 and enter the passcode 4961322# and receive prayer.

HMC also has a Tuesday Unity Bible Study at 11am and both Sunday and Tuesday services are open to the entire community. 

CITY P.R.I.D.E.   
Check back weekly for our opening event with Hug's and Hot Dog's.   This is always a great time for some good old-fashioned hot dogs with games and hugs to top it off.   This year we will add some special food  and household product give-a-ways.

For more information and how you can get involved please email or call 870.623.8179