LITTLE ROCK — The 20th annual UAMS Midsouth Black Expo will celebrate Black History Month with a free event that offers health education and screenings and promotes local Black-owned businesses.

The expo — themed “Celebrating 20 Years of Black Health, Black Wealth, and Black Culture in Central Arkansas” and presented by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Office of Health Initiatives and Disparities Research — will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at The Venue at Westwind, 7318 Windsong Drive in North Little Rock.

The UAMS MammoVan, a mobile mammography unit, will be on-site to provide prescheduled mammograms. To make an appointment or determine whether you qualify for services, please call (800) 259-8794.

Attendees will have the opportunity to shop with more than 100 vendors, get free health screenings, including for breast and colorectal cancer, connect with community leaders, enjoy delicious food and enjoy live entertainment, including the Battle of the Bands. In addition to the expo and entertainment, the expo has a speaker’s stage with a series of panels featuring experts and leaders discussing topics such as financial literacy, health and wellness, real estate and the importance of voting.

“UAMS has been an integral part of this journey, standing by us as we’ve grown and evolved,” said Timmons, founder of the Black Expo. “This year, we’re excited to not only continue the tradition but to elevate the overall experience of the Expo as we celebrate 20 years of Black history and excellence in our community.”

One of the goals of the expo is to engage the community by highlighting available resources in Arkansas as well as the work of UAMS’ Office of Health Initiatives and Disparities Research, which seeks to improve access to cancer screening and early detection in Arkansas communities. The office’s mission includes a commitment to improving cancer outcomes and health through education, training and research.

For more information about the event, visit or contact Bjorn “BK” Simmons at (501) 475-5340 or [email protected].