Campus Celebrates Black History Month

Eastern Kentucky University will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events throughout February.

They include four events on Thursday, Feb. 12; a “Phenomenal Women” awards dinner on Friday, Feb. 20; and a Chautauqua lecture on Thursday, Feb. 26.

The events on Feb. 12, all in Walnut Hall of the Keen Johnson Building and presented by the African/African American Studies Program, are:

·         Contemporary Haiti in Images, 9-11 a.m., Dr. Salome Nnoromele, sharing photos and memories from her recent trip to the Caribbean nation.

·         Difficult Dialogues: Race in the College Classroom, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., panel featuring EKU faculty members Michael Randolph, Norman Powell, Helyne Frederick and Carolyn Dupont and students Haley Snyder and Diamond Richards. Dr. Roger Cleveland is facilitator and moderator.

·         Law Enforcement and Minority Communities: Challenges and Promise, 2-4 p.m., panel featuring Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock; Lawrence Weathers, assistant chief of police, Lexington; John C.K. Fisher, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights; Juan Pena, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights; Dr. Victor Kappeler, associate dean and Foundation professor, EKU Justice Studies; and Dr. Sherwood Thompson, professor of education and interim chief diversity officer, facilitator and moderator.

·         African-American Read-In, 4:30-6:30 p.m., celebrate favorite black authors, bring a book or two and read poetry and short excerpts from their works in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The “Phenomenal Women” awards dinner, at 6 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the Keen Johnson Ballroom, will celebrate the life of Dr. Maya Angelou with an evening of food, poetry and song. Four “Phenomenal Women” will be honored: EKU students Elexis Hall, ROTC; Sarah Fobbs, Athletics; Tatiana Parrish, Rodney Gross Scholars Program; and Raven Hester, Freshman Academy for Diverse Students. The EKU Cultural Center is sponsoring the invitation-only event.

Then, on Thursday, Feb. 26, Chautauqua speaker Angela Onwuachi-Willig will address “Rethinking Race and Racism in the 21st Century” when she speaks at 7:30 p.m. in Ferrell Auditorium of the Combs Building. Her lecture, which is free and open to the public, also serves as the keynote address for the month-long celebration.

Published on February 05, 2015

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