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NCCU Celebrates Black History Month 2018


North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will commemorate Black History Month with a series of events that are free and open to the public. The university will present film screenings, lectures, panel discussions and musical and theatrical performances throughout February, including appearances by nationally noted activists, authors, scholars and educators.

Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator Symone Sanders will share her knowledge and perspectives on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium. Sanders’ visit is part of the university’s Lyceum Series in collaboration with the Rock the Mic Lecture Series.

Sanders previously served as the press secretary for former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. She is the immediate past chair of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice’s Emerging Leaders Committee and former member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. Through her efforts with the non-profit organizations, Sanders advocates for juvenile justice reform and to bring millennial perspectives to policy conversations.

For more information, contact NCCU’s University College at 919-530-6932 or lyceum@nccu.edu.

Additional Black History Month activities, sponsored by the Department of History include:

A presentation by Carlton Wilson, Ph.D., interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, will take place Thursday, Feb. 15 at 11:45 a.m. in the Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 201A, on the topic “Over-Paid, Over-Sexed, Over-Here”: Black American GIs in World War Two Britain.”

On Feb. 22, Zelda Lockhart, Alumni Endowed Chair in the Department of Language and Literature at NCCU, will present a public poetry reading and panel discussion of the life and memoir of Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave who became a successful dressmaker and confidante of former First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. She will speak at 10:40 a.m. in James. E. Shepard Library, second floor.

NCCU Department of History Professor Jerry Gershenhorn, Ph.D. will present a public reading from his forthcoming biography “Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle.” The book examines the career of journalist and activist Louis Austin during the Great Depression, World War II and the postwar civil rights movement. Gershenhorn will speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Hubbard-Totten Building Auditorium.

Other highlights include:

  • “King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis” – Screening of the documentary will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, in Hubbard-Totten Building Lecture Hall, Room 112.
  • Civil rights activist and theologian, Ruby Sales will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, in B. N. Duke Auditorium.
  • NCCU student, Sashir Moore Sloan will present on Fannie B. Williams, African-American educator and political and women's rights activist at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 207.
  • Performances by students from NCCU’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble will take place at the Hayti Heritage Film Festival at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Hayti Heritage Center, 801 Fayetteville St., Durham, N.C.
  • Documentary screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” at 9 p.m., Monday, Feb.19, in the Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 207.
  • NCCU’s Department of Music will present its Black History Month Program at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the B. N. Duke Auditorium.
  • The 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass will be celebrated with a lecture by Dr. Kamal McClarin, curator of the Frederick Douglass Home, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26, in the Miller-Morgan Building Auditorium, with a reception to follow.
  • Students from the departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance will perform Speak My Soul, an original work written by Stephanie Asabi Howard, Ph.D., chairman of NCCU Department of Theater and Dance, throughout February in the Farrison Newton Communications Building Auditorium. The performances will take place at 8 p.m., February 16 – 17; at 3 p.m., Sunday, February 18; at 8 p.m., Friday, February 23-24; and at 3 p.m., Sunday, February 25.

For more information, call the Department of History at 919-530-6321.

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