"We Are Better Together"
Our Recent Happenings are Worth Celebrating.....
2015 "Thanks for Giving" Festival Day
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:
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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.
City PRIDE Spring Break Days of Empowerment Series-
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 www.citypridedumas.com
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.
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 In Dumas- Everyday.”
City PRIDE is Presented by:
West Dumas Family Life Center, Area Ministries, Way Maker Ministries- Each One Help One