In honor of Black History Month, Wittenberg is celebrating the achievements of many of its African-American alumni throughout the month of February. Today's featured alumna is Jennette Bradley, class of 1974.
Former Gov. Bob Taft appointed Bradley to the office of treasurer of state in 2005 not long after she made history in January 2003 when she became the first African-American woman to serve as a lieutenant governor in the United States. Bradley was a member of the university's board of directors from 2001-2011. She also served as director of the Ohio Department of Commerce, was a senior vice president for Huntington National Bank, the executive director of the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and served on the Columbus City Council for three terms. In 2015, she became a member of U.S. Senator Rob Portman's (R-Ohio) African American Leadership Council, a group that advises him on issues impacting the urban community. Read more about Bradley in a story from Wittenberg's archives at http://www.wittenberg.edu/news/2004/12_22.html
Check back every week in the month of February for additional Wittenberg alumni features http://www.wittenberg.edu/administration/university_communications/blackhistorymonth2017.
The Multicultural Student Programs and Concerned Black Students at Wittenberg University invite the campus community to attend the following programs in honor of Black History Month:
Today, Concerned Black Students will sponsor speaker Clarence Bozeman. Bozeman is a retired high school history teacher who, as a young college student in Alabama, became the driver for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Bozeman was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement. The talk will be held at 7 p.m. in Shouvlin 201. Learn more about Bozeman here: http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2012/01/clarence_bozeman_of_maple_heig.html.
Then at 9 p.m. on today, Concerned Black Students will sponsor a showing of the film Race: The Incredible True Story of Gold Medal Champion Jesse Owens. This film chronicles Owens' life leading up to and immediately after the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin under Hitler's Nazi regime. The showing will take place in Founders Pub. Learn more about the film here: http://www.focusfeatures.com/race.
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About Black History Month
Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans. Recognized in the United States since 1976 and also in many other countries around the world, including Canada and the U.K., the month grew out of "Negro History Week," the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.