West Virginia State University to Host Black History Month Convocation Feb. 22

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Feb. 12, 2018
West Virginia State University to Host Black History Month Convocation Feb. 22
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – A Howard University professor and author will be the keynote speaker at the West Virginia State University (WVSU) Black History Month Convocation Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. in the P. Ahmed Williams Auditorium of Ferrell Hall.

Dr. Daryl Michael Scott will discuss “Carter G. Woodson and the Role of the Intellectual in the Struggle for Equality.” The event is free and open to the public. Woodson, widely regarded as the father of black history, served as an academic dean at what was then West Virginia Collegiate Institute from 1920-22.

A native of Chicago, Scott began his teaching career at Columbia University and since 2003 has been a professor of history at Howard University.

From 2003 through 2015, Scott served on the board of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), serving as the national president during its centennial. Founded by Carter G. Woodson in 1915, ASALH is the oldest black scholarly and intellectual society in the world.

In 2005, Scott established The Woodson Review: ASALH’s Annual Theme Magazine. During the same year, he established The ASALH Press, the successor to Woodson’s Associated Publishers, which served as the publishing arm of the Association for more than 80 years.

In 2012, he founded a new peer-reviewed, scholarly publication Fire!!!: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies. In 2016, Scott established Godwin House Publishers in an effort to explore viable publishing models for humanities and social science researchers.

The Black History Month Convocation at WVSU will also feature musical selections and a presentation from the WVSU student body.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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