North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will celebrate the legacy and achievements of African-Americans during Black History Month with a series of events. The university will present film screenings, lectures, panel discussions, musical and theatrical performances throughout February.
On Feb. 5, the C.A. Jones History Club and the Honda Campus All-Stars will kick off the series of events with the Battle of the Sexes Black History Quiz Bowl. Participants will test their knowledge of African-American history and culture with questions related to popular culture, academics and sports. The competition will begin at 6:30 p.m., in A.E. Student Union.
Award-winning historian and well-known public speaker Deirdre Cooper Owens, Ph.D., will discuss her new book, “Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology” on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m., in the Hubbard-Totten Auditorium. The book examines American obstetrics and gynecology.
NCCU Department of History Professor Takeia Anthony, Ph.D., will give a lecture from her book “The Universal Ethiopian Students' Association, 1927-1948: Mobilizing Diaspora.” The book chronicles the story of students who fearlessly fought against imperialism. Anthony will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Hubbard-Totten Auditorium.
Students from the departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance will perform “A Need Fulfilled,” an original work profiling the lives of African-American nurses of World War II. The stage play is written, directed and produced by Arthur Reese, technical director of NCCU Theatre, Roberta Laws, University Choir director and Sean Callot. The performances will take place at 8 p.m., Feb. 22–23 and March 1–2; at 3 p.m., Feb. 24 and March 3; and at 10 a.m., Feb. 27–28 in Farrison-Newton Communications Building Auditorium.
- “I, A Black Woman, Resist” documentary film screening honoring the life of Afro-Brazilian activist Marielle Franco, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, Hubbard-Totton Building Auditorium.
- Community reading of Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro,” 12 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, Albert L. Turner Law Building, Great Hall.
For more information, call the Department of History at 919-530-6321.