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University to mark Black History Month with series of events

By Luanne Williams

Wingate University will mark Black History Month with five Lyceum events, all created to facilitate discussion and to highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion in the campus community. 

“These programs, hosted by our Unity House Multicultural Center, will surely help us move forward with our mission,” said Dr. Antonio Jefferson, Wingate’s assistant vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. “As we move through the month of February, there will be plenty of opportunities for students to learn and engage in discussions about the history and representation of Black people.”

The public is invited to all of the events, many of which will be hosted online.

Students and others will get a chance to better understand Critical Race Theory on Feb. 2 during a 7 p.m. virtual session that will examine the definition, history and tenets of CRT and the importance of creating an anti-racist campus environment.

On Feb. 9, another online event, Silent Shore: The Matthew Williams Lynching, will feature Dr. Charles Chavis, an author and professor of African American Studies at George Mason University. He will discuss the book he wrote about Williams, the last known Black man to be lynched in Maryland. The event will begin at 7 p.m.

A moderated Q&A with Cheryl Brown-Henderson is set for 7 p.m. on Feb. 16. Brown-Henderson is the daughter of the late Rev. Oliver Brown, who sued the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. His case, Brown v. Board of Education, landed at the Supreme Court and led to the decision to desegregate schools across the United States in 1954. This event is virtual.

On Feb. 22 at 4 p.m., the University will show the documentary “Surveillance: Martin Luther King Jr. & The FBI,” in the Recital Hall of the Batte Center. The film explores the surveillance of Dr. King as he traveled the world fighting for civil rights and reveals how the FBI monitored his every move. It also brings to light unclassified documents and other information to provide insight into the relationship between King and the federal agency.

In the final event commemorating Black History Month, the University will host a discussion about African Americans and the media. Newspapers and other forms of media that have helped educate and advocate for the Black community will be featured, as will information about Civil Rights icon Joe Madison. This online event is set for Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. 

In addition to hosting Black History Month events, Unity House will also mark the month by highlighting African American inventors on its Instagram page, @wingateunityhouse, each Friday during February.

To learn more or to receive a link to the online events, email Keyua McElveen, Lyceum director, or Dr. Jefferson, or call 704-233-8349.

Jan. 31, 2022