North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is celebrating Black History Month with a film, panel discussions and lectures, including an appearance by philosopher, author and social activist Cornel West, Ph.D., as part of the Department of Student Engagement and Leadership (S.E.A.L.)’s Rock The Mic Lecture series.
West is a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and a professor emeritus at Princeton University, where he earned his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1980 after graduating magna cum laude from Harvard in three years. He has taught at Yale University, Harvard University and the University of Paris, and authored more than 20 books, including “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters,” as well as a memoir, “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.”
He is a frequent guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher” and has appeared on “The Colbert Report,” CNN, C-Span and “Democracy Now!” He was also featured in more than 25 documentaries and films, and has made three spoken word albums, collaborating with artists such as the late Prince.
West also served as an advisor for Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Democratic platform committee during the 2016 presidential race. His quest for social justice is inspired by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of truth, love and justice, West has said.
He was arrested in October 2014 while protesting the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and again during a demonstration on the one-year anniversary of that shooting.
West’s lecture will take place Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium on the NCCU campus. For more information, contact SEAL at (919) 530-5436.
Additional Black History Month activities, sponsored by the Department of History, include:
A Feb. 1 screening of the documentary “King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the NCCU Law School Great Hall.
On Feb. 7, Professor Robert Trowers will present a lecture on “Thoughts on Carter G. Woodson's ‘Mis-Education of the Negro’” at 10:40 a.m in Edwards Recital Hall in the Music Department.
On Feb. 16, Zelda Lockhart, holder of the Alumni Endowed Chair in the Department of Language and Literature at NCCU, will present a public reading from her historical novel “Cold Running Creek,” which won an Honor Fiction Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She will speak at 10:40 a.m. in James. E. Shepard Library, second floor.
Also on Feb. 16, the first of a two-part student-led discussion of the influential text “Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America” (1967) by Stokley Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton will take place at 7 p.m. in Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 103. The second part of that discussion will be held on Feb. 22 also in Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 103 at 7 p.m.
On Feb. 21, a discussion and book signing of “Julius Chambers: A Life in the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights” will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Hubbard-Totton Auditorium.
On Feb. 23, Lydia Lindsey, Ph.D., will present a lecture on “From the Negro Question to Black Lives Matter: An Analysis of Radical Race Theory of Grace P. Campbell and Claudia Jones” at 5 p.m. in Room 207 of the Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 207.
A lecture on “Nat Turner’s Memory by the Black Masses in the 1930s” will be presented by Tony Frazier, Ph.D., on Feb. 28 at 11:35 a.m. in Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 201A.
For more information, call (919) 530-6321.