Mosaic Templars Challenge Students on MLK Day: Volunteers to paint Dreamland Ballroom

Little Rock, Ark., – Arkansas’ and the Dreamland Ballroom will be hosting students on Martin Luther King Junior National Day of Service Monday, January 20, 2014 between the hours of 10 am – 12 pm. The group of students were organized by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (just down the street from Taborian Hall). The students will be repainting the floor of the historic Taborian Hall’s Dreamland Ballroom as part of the MLK Challenge, a program designed by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center to engage youth in the role of servant leadership with a full day of service projects that challenge them mentally and socially. Participants will work at sites across the city.

“We are very glad to be a part of this great youth educational and service opportunity,” said Kerry McCoy, owner of Taborian Hall and president of Arkansas’ “We are very proud that our Taborian Hall is the “sister” building to the Mosaic Templars and thrilled to be a part of the MLK Challenge,” McCoy continued. Press and photographers are welcome to commemorate this community service event.

Taborian Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places with the Department of the Interior and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Society. Arkansas’ headquarters and storefront resides in the same building as the historic Dreamland Ballroom that once showcased legendary musicians of the 1930’s. Just a few of the names that graced the Ballroom stage were Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Nat “King” Cole and Louis Jordan.

Kerry McCoy, purchased Taborian Hall as a new home for her business, Arkansas Flag and Banner in 1991. The building had no roof when McCoy purchased it but through her efforts, the building has been preserved. She continues through the help of the non-profit group The Friends of Dreamland Ballroom to renovate the legendary ballroom and building, in an effort to save and to share this magnificent auditorium with the community.

Arkansas’s welcomes the public to browse the first floor factory showroom, filled with all things patriotic and flying the red, white and blue…a fitting enterprise for a building with such a proud heritage as hosting the USO for African American soldiers during World War II.

Those who wish to make a tax deductible donation to the renovation fund can for details. To find out more about the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center visit their website

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