Hartfield Initiative to host Gospel Extravaganza

Updated: 4/2/2014 10:33 AM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

April 1, 2014


Hartfield Initiative to host gospel concerts April 6, May 4

for UAPB students

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Due in large part to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s mission, the institution educates a disproportionate number of students who would not be able to afford a college education without assistance beyond grants and loans. Hardship cases are not uncommon to UAPB’s students; all too often, such situations are very common. Each year, more than $400k in donations are made available to students for tuition, fees, books, and school supplies.

The Hartfield Initiative is the brainchild of Dr. Freddie Hartfield, professor of mathematics at UAPB and was expanded by UAPB alumnus Bishop Chester Thompson. The Initiative has as its goal to raise $100,000 over a five-year period (October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2017). All funds donated to the Hartfield Initiative will be matched dollar-for-dollar 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 a series of Gospel Extravaganzas in local cities. The first two were held in Camden and West Memphis. The next concert will be held Sunday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church located 900 University Dr. in Pine Bluff. Among the choirs to perform is Yard Voice of Praise, an ensemble comprised of UAPB students. The final concert will be held in Little Rock on May 4 at Christway Baptist Church.

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