Lou Myers is Black History Month Convocation Speaker


Actor, theatrical director, musician, and alumnus Lou Myers will be the featured speaker at WVSU's Black History Month convocation. The event will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 18 in the P.A. Williams Auditorium, Ferrell Hall. It is open to the public.

Lou Myers grew up in Cabin Creek, WV and is a 1972 graduate of West Virginia State University (then College). While fans of the 1980's era television show "A Different World" remember him best for his role as Mr. Gaines, the irascible restaurant owner, his acting credits are extensive. He has performed at local New York concert halls, cabarets, night clubs, colleges and universities as well as on Broadway and off-Broadway. He won the NAACP "Best Actor" Award and off-Broadway Audience "Best Actor" Award for his role of Stool Pigeon in "King Hedley II." He previously won the off-Broadway Audience "Best Actor" award for the tap dancing bodyguard in "Fat Tuesday."

Mr. Myers earned a Master's in Comparative Literature and is currently seeking a PhD in that field. He also reads, writes and speaks French, German, Spanish and several African languages. As Chairman and Chief Enlightenment Officer for Global Business Incubation and Chairman of the Lou Myers Scenario Motion Picture Institute/Theatre, Mr. Myers is also a well respected futurist, historian, mentor, lecturer and trainer. He has toured colleges, universities and many other venues, performing, storytelling and speaking on panels with professors and business experts around the world about new trends in business and urban community economic development.

Mr. Myers is currently working with Debbie Allen and Jasmine Guy on a new sitcom entitled "My Parents, my Sister and Me." He can also be seen performing his one man cabaret show, "Just a little bit of Somethin'" at Windows Over Harlem in New York City. His Cabaret show has been acclaimed in Berlin, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York, as well as Los Angeles at the Roosevelt Hotel. He recently completed his fifth appearance on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"African American Style.

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