Pine Bluff, Ark. – The University Museum & Cultural Center announces the opening of its first exhibit of the 2010-2011 season. “The Second Coming of Michelle Obama” is a photographic exhibit chronicling the moments leading up to and during the First Lady’s visit to Pine Bluff where she delivered the keynote address at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s 2010 commencement. The opening reception will take place in the Leedell – Moorehead Graham Fine Arts Gallery located in the Hathaway Howard Fine Arts Building on Thursday, September 16th at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. For more information call (870) 575-8236.
More than 80 selected large scale photographs taken by Pine Bluff Commercial photographers William Harvey, Ralph Fitzgerald and UAPB photographer Richard Redus. The photos capture the community’s excitement and anticipation in the days leading up to Mrs. Obama’s arrival, her first moments at Pine Bluff’s Grider Field, and her time spent at the Pine Bluff Convention for the commencement exercises. Visitors from across the country arrived in record numbers to endure long lines for tickets to UAPB’s most anticipated graduation since 1958 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the keynote address to A.M. & N graduates.
“Mrs. Obama as the class of 2010 commencement speaker added to the historical significance of UAPB,” said Chancellor Dr. Lawrence A. Davis, Jr.
In delivering her address, The First Lady made sure the spotlight of the day was not taken away from the graduates. Mrs. Obama encouraged the Class of 2010 to draw on the strength of the trailblazers that came before them, “It’s only by embracing, rather than shrinking from challenges, it’s only by setting and striving for our own ambitious bars that we become what we are truly meant to be.”
Chancellor Davis went on to say, “No other individual could have added as much to UAPB’s legacy as the First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama. I am proud to have been a participant in that May ceremony. Her message was that as role models she and President Obama exemplify that one can become whatever one aspires to and is willing to sacrifice to achieve.”
Having left the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the surrounding community with such a great sense of pride, it is only fitting that the first exhibit of this academic year continue to build on that momentum.