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Black History Month Activities Planned for February

Programs Highlight Contributions of African-Americans

February 12, 2012

As the nation observes Black History Month in February, Wilmington College has planned a number of activities designed to highlight the contributions of African-Americans to modern society. (SEE FLYER)

Art Brooks, the College’s director of multicultural affairs, is coordinating the month-long programming along with members of the campus group, Black Student Initiative.

He said the month’s activities include music, local and national history, and personal testimonials, and culminates with the popular annual African Village program, which tells components of the black history story through the arts.

Opening the slate of activities is an opportunity to see the Central State University Chorus in concert at the First Christian Church in Wilmington Sunday (Feb. 5), at 4 p.m., followed on Feb. 11 with a field trip for students to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

The first of two Black History Month Luncheons will feature alumnus Galen Gordon, director of Project Cincinnati, speaking on “How Black History Impacted My Life,” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., in Pyle Student Center Rooms C&D.

Visitors can purchase their lunches in the Student Dining Hall.

The community is invited to attend the Feb. 22 All-College Worship with Brooks speaking on “Feeling the Spirit of Black History.” The informal service will run from 12:05 to 12:35 p.m. in the T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse located in Boyd Cultural Arts Center.

On Feb. 24, the second Black History Month Luncheon will feature a panel discussion highlighting black history with a focus on Wilmington and Clinton County, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., in Pyle Student Center Rooms C&D.

Black History Month will culminate Feb. 27 with Black Student Initiative’s annual African Village program, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the Top of Pyle Center. African Village will seek to tell the elements of the black history story through music, dance, poetry and dramatic historical skits.

More information about Black History Month events is available by contacting Brooks at WC at (937) 382-6661 ext. 335.