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Berea College celebrates Black History Month 2010

Posted on by Doug Widner


Berea College alumnus Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” began the nation’s annual observance celebrating African Americans and their achievements as Black History Week in 1926. Woodson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in literature from Berea in 1903.

The Berea College Black Cultural Center, in conjunction with other departments and programs on campus, is sponsoring events in celebration of Black History Month during Feb. 2010. The events are open to the public and free of charge unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the center at (859)985-3797.

Tuesday, Feb. 9,
Intercultural/Interracial Community Dialogue Dinner
4-6 p.m., Black Cultural Center, Alumni Building
The I.I.C. dinners are designed to bring members of the community together to discuss race and other experiences relating to diversity. Dinner is provided (vegetarian option available). Limited to 20 participants, for reservations, contact the Black Cultural Center at (859)985-3797.

Thursday, Feb. 18
Carter G. Woodson Memorial Convocation
Dr. Robert Bullard, speaker
Environmental Justice: Strategies for Creating Healthy and Sustainable Communities
3 p.m., Phelps Stokes Auditorium
As one of the pioneering scholars and activists in the global environmental justice movement, Dr. Bullard has assisted groups for more than two decades in organizing, mobilizing, and empowering themselves to take charge of their lives and surroundings. The author of 15 books, he is the Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center and the Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Clark Atlanta University.
Co-sponsored with African and African American Studies, and the Campus Christian Center.

Saturday, Feb. 20
Annual Unity Banquet
5:30 p.m., Upper Seabury Gymnasium in Seabury Center

The Annual Carter G. Woodson Unity Banquet shines a spotlight on Black history and the legacy of Dr. Woodson, through speakers and awards for student achievement. Tickets are $12.00 for non- Berea students.

Thursday, Feb. 25
Dr. John Fleming “Museums and the African American Experience”
3 p.m., Phelps Stokes auditorium
A 1966 Berea College graduate who earned his Ph.D. from Howard University, Dr. Fleming was the founding director of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center and director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Currently he is the executive director for the national travelling exhibition, “America I Am: African American Imprint on America.” Co-sponsored with Campus Christian Center and African and African American Studies.

COMING UP: Saturday, March 6
Hip-Hop Symposium
10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Woods-Penniman Building Commons

The Symposium will include discussion, interactive presentations and a small concert at the end. All are welcome for this educational and fun event.

Press contact:
Tashia Bradley, director
Berea College Black Cultural Center


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