North Carolina Central University Celebrates Black History Month

Posted January 31, 2022, 3:15PM

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will host a series of virtual and in-person events in commemoration of Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public.

The university will host lectures and panel discussions throughout February, which highlight prominent moments and people in African-American history.

On Feb. 3, 1 p.m., NCCU’s jazz radio station WNCU 90.7FM will kick off the month-long celebration with live broadcasts of a four-part lunch and learn series. The first broadcast is an exploration of “Critical Race Theory and The Art of Story Listening,” featuring Derrick Drakeford, Ph.D., CEO of Drakeford, Scott, and Associates LLC and founder of Purpose University, and Warren Christian, English language specialist with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center. 

Additional lunch and learn sessions include:

  • Feb. 10, 1 p.m.: “Mounting the Fight Against Jim Crow,” featuring NCCU College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Interim Dean Carlton Wilson, Ph.D., and Department of History Professor Emeritus Freddy Parker, Ph.D. 
  • Feb. 17, 1 p.m.: “Writing African Americans into American History,” featuring Andre’ Vann, NCCU archivist and Department of Public History instructor.
  • Feb. 24, 1 p.m.: “An American Coup D’État: Wilmington, North Carolina 1898,” featuring Irving Joyner, J.D., NCCU School of Law Charles Hamilton Houston Endowed Chair and professor of Law. 

All sessions can be streamed live online at or listened to via the WNCU mobile app. For more information about the WNCU 90.7FM lunch and learn series, please call 919-530-7833.

Additional Black History Month activities, sponsored by the NCCU Department of History as well as the Division of Student Affairs include: 

  • Feb. 2, 7 p.m.: The Tau Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. in collaboration with the NCCU Department of History present: “Honoring Dr. Carter G. Woodson.” Attendees can join the event at (Meeting ID: 849 9059 3038; Passcode: 543981)
  • Feb. 8, 6 p.m.: “Eagle-Aggie Rivalry Exhibit Discussion,” featuring Charles Johnson, Ph.D., NCCU assistant professor and director of Public History program, and Arwin Smallwood, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Attendees can join the event at (Meeting ID: 844 6586 7597; Passcode: 087645)
  • Feb. 23, 6 p.m.: “The Power of the Press: Southern Black Journalists and the 20th Century Freedom Struggle," featuring Jerry Gershenhorn, Ph.D., NCCU professor and Department of History director of Graduate Studies. Attendees can join the event at (Meeting ID: 817 8062 5112; Passcode: 491816)

For more information about the Department of History events, please call 919-530-6321. 


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The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in the NCCU Student Center Event Hall at 500 Nelson St.