The Delta Grassroots Caucus (DGC) is a broad coalition of grassroots leaders in the eight-state Delta region. DGC is also a founding partner of the Economic Equality Caucus,
which advocates for economic equality across the USA.

This Thanksgiving Season Give to Delta Cultural Center--a Great Cause

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 04:28 PM

This Thanksgiving season we would like to ask our partners to make donations to good causes across the eight-state Delta region. As a recommendation for one exemplary cause in our region, a suggestion is to make a donation to the Delta Cultural Center that serves 27 east Arkansas counties through the social giving platform of

The Delta Cultural Center’s headquarters is in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas and it serves 27 counties from Clay on the Missouri border to Chicot County on the Louisiana border.

Contributions to the Delta Cultural Center are tax-deductible.

The concept of the Sharemeister website is to attract large numbers of small to medium-sized contributions on the website at by innovative, entertaining ways of promoting charitable giving. The Delta Grassroots Caucus makes suggestions on a rotating basis of great causes in the Delta region to contribute to, and if large numbers of people could go on to the secure website and make even a small contribution, this will add up to a substantial amount.

If this message reminds you to give either to the Delta Cultural Center or another good cause of your choice in the Greater Delta Region, please do so during this Thanksgiving season when people across America are always so generous. Large numbers of contributions of even $10 to $25-or more if you can-will help this worthy cause.

The Delta Cultural Center’s mission is to preserve, interpret and present the cultural heritage of this legendary 27-county region. From its blues music to the mighty river that runs through it, the Delta story unfolds through the work of the Center. Among its landmarks is the Delta Cultural Center museum in historic downtown Helena dedicated to the history of the Arkansas Delta (for more information see the website at The museum interprets the history of the Delta through exhibits, educational programs, annual events and guided tours.

The Delta Cultural Center is comprised of two museum locations-the Depot and the Visitors Center. The Depot features the exhibit “A Heritage of Determination” which details the history of the Delta from its earliest inhabitants, into early settlement, through great Mississippi River floods. On the upper floor of the Depot, “Civil War in the Delta” gives visitors insight into Union occupation and the Battle of Helena.

The Visitors Center, located one block north of the Depot, features “Delta Sounds” music exhibit, a live radio studio, changing exhibit space and the Museum Store. The Delta Cultural Center is a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Helena-West Helena is the location every fall for the famous King Biscuit Blues Festival, which attracts tens upon tens of thousands of people to hear renowned musicians perform in the heartland of the Delta blues.

On a rotating basis every several months the Delta Caucus selects a good cause to encourage charitable donations to, and this fall we chose the Delta Cultural Center, which is based in Helena-West Helena but does many constructive activities all across eastern Arkansas. We encourage our partners to go on the website of Sharemeister, a new firm that finds innovative, entertaining ways to generate donations to good causes at and make a donation on their social giving platform.

The Delta Cultural Center Challenge will continue on through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. On the Sharemeister website, this challenge is divided into the West Delta Team, which includes such institutions as Arkansas State University, Grambling, the LSU Tigers, Arkansas Razorbacks, Missouri Tigers, UAPB, UA-Monticello, Mid-South Community College, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas and other great institutions.

Lee Powell, Caucus director, challenged the West Delta Team to beat the East Delta team in making contributions to the Delta Cultural Center on the website, emphasizing that in comparison to the great institutions just cited in the West, all the East can muster are Ole Miss, Mississippi State, University of Memphis, Murray State University in Kentucky, Southern Illinois University, the Alabama Crimson Tide and other schools that very few people have ever heard of (smile). Powell predicts a landslide victory in this competition for the West Delta Team.

If you would like to participate in the Delta Cultural Center Challenge, go to the website at, then go to the Delta Cultural Center Challenge page and contribute for either the West Delta Team or the East Delta Team.

The Delta Cultural Center was one of the key hosts-along with the Helena-West Helena Advertising & Promotion Commission, Mayor Arnell Willis, Phillips County Judge Don Gentry, and many other Phillips County leaders for the Oct. 30-31 Delta Grassroots Caucus regional conference held in Helena-West Helena at the beautiful, historic former synagogue, Beth El Heritage Hall, which is administered by the Delta Cultural Center.

Sharemeister is a national company, but its CEO, Marlon Henderson, is from Jonesboro, Arkansas so they naturally have a strong interest in the Delta region.