Wittenberg University Celebrates Black History Month With Range of Special Programs
Published Feb. 16, 2011
Springfield, Ohio –As a university staunchly committed to building, supporting and celebrating diversity, Wittenberg is sponsoring a range of activities during Black History Month throughout February. Coordinated by Wittenberg’s Concerned Black Students (CBS), this year’s programming includes special lectures and performances.
At 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in Ness Family Auditorium Valena Randolph, an education specialist and instructor of English at Central State University, will present “Anna Julia Cooper: A Voice from the South,” an English department colloquium.
Randolph works in Wilberforce, Ohio where Anna Cooper taught at Wilberforce University in 1884. Cooper, the subject of the presentation, was an African American feminist born just two or three years before the Civil War as a slave. She earned a Ph.D. in 1925, and had also earned a degree in mathematics, making her stand out among academics of the time as an extraordinarily educated black woman. The title of the performance comes from the title of Cooper’s first book, A Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the South, which is considered the first work of an African American feminist.
At 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in Founders, CBS will welcome Dean Sims and the Hot Notes Band which will perform “The Rebirth of Louis Armstrong.”
The week of Feb. 21 continues the engaging programming. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Bayley Auditorium, Herbert Martin, professor emeritus of English at the University of Dayton, will present “Paul Laurence Dunbar: The Eyes of the Poet, An Evening of Prose, Poetry, Spirituals and Folk-Songs.” Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African American to receive critical acclaim for his poetry on a national scale.
A lecture by Julius Bailey, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, will follow at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Room 105 of the Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning. According to Bailey’s brief biography on the Wittenberg website, his “mission is to make philosophy both palpable and attainable while being feared and avoided for the weak-spirited.” He also wants to challenge individuals to be true to themselves and “push to the brink of destruction.”
The following evening, CBS will host a poetry slam from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in Founders.
The final event, which is currently being rescheduled, is a presentation by Wittenberg alumna Janet Jackson, class of 1975, and the current president and CEO of the United Way of Central Ohio. The first African American to lead the United Way of Central Ohio and the first woman elected as the Columbus City attorney, Jackson will discuss “Black People Empowering the Nation.”
For more information, contact Associate Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Student Programs John Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Sarah Brode ’11