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NCCU Celebrates Black History Month 2016


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 host lectures, film screenings and panel discussions throughout February, including appearances by nationally noted activists, authors, scholars and educators.

Political activist, scholar and author Angela Davis will share her experiences, knowledge and perspectives on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium. Davis’ visit is part of the university’s Rock the Mic lecture series that is sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership in the Division of Student Affairs.

John “Jack” Fassett, attorney and former U.S. Supreme Court law clerk at the time of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision will speak at the NCCU School of Law annual Charles Hamilton Houston Lecture on Feb. 24 at 4 p.m., in the NCCU School of Law, Room 100.

Sheyann Webb Christburg, known as the youngest activist to participate in the Bloody Sunday March of 1965 and as co-author of the book-turned-television movie Selma, Lord Selma, will be on campus Thursday, Feb. 18, to discuss her experience during the Civil Rights movement. Christburg speaks at 7 p.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium.

On Monday, Feb. 1, the NCCU College of Arts and Sciences will kick off its 2016 Humanities Lecture program with Dr. Damon Tweedy at 7 p.m. B.N. Duke Auditorium. Tweedy, the New York Times best-selling author of Black Man in a White Coat, will share his experiences grappling with race, bias and the unique health problems of African-Americans.

Dr. Freddie L. Parker, the former NCCU Julius L. Chambers Professor of History, will present on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 11:35 a.m., in the Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 201A, on the topic, “Struggle and Straining: The Civil Rights Movement in Hillsborough, N.C., 1965-1975.”

Other highlights include:

–  Celebration of the Fifteenth Amendment – The NCCU Faculty will discuss the crisis surrounding the current state of voting rights in America at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, in A.E. Student Union.

– Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 – Screening of the documentary will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 207.

– Keynote lecture by Dr. Kennetta Hammond Perry-Perry, assistant professor of history at East Carolina University, will speak at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the NCCU Department of Nursing Auditorium.

– Scottsboro: An American Tragedy – Screening of the film will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 29, in Edmonds Classroom Building, Room 207.

– Lecture by Dr. Brandon Winford – The University of Tennessee, Knoxville assistant professor of history speaks at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, in Miller-Morgan Building Auditorium.

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