WVSU Black History Month Events


February 14 - April 15
"Marching Toward Justice Exhibit"
Della Brown Taylor Hardman Art Gallery, Davis Fine Arts Building
Open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. or by appointment

The exhibit, part of the Damon J. Keith Law Collection, tells the story of those who committed themselves to the creation and enforcement of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Ratified in 1868, it called for states to provide citizenry with equal protection under the law. Originally intended for freed slaves, the Fourteenth Amendment has evolved with our changing society to provide protection to countless Americans in their struggle against oppression and discrimination.

Monday, February 21
"A Conversation with Nell Painter"
7:30 p.m. Fannin S. Belcher Theater, Davis Fine Arts Building

Dr. Nell Irvin Painter is a leading historian of the United States. A prolific and award winning scholar her most recent books are The History of White People, Creating Black Americans and Southern History Across the Color Line.

Tuesday, February 22
Black History Month Convocation
11 a.m. P.A. Williams Auditorium, Ferrell Hall
Featured Speaker: Tobias Brown.

Tobias Brown has extensive experience in higher education. He is also a motivational speaker and published author. His debut publication "It's Easier Than you Think" explores proved academic success strategies for high school and college students.

Noon - A "Taste of Soul Food"
University Union

Students, faculty, and staff have an opportunity to sample a variety of foods traditionally associated with the south. Tickets are 25 cents each.

Wednesday, February 23
Black History Open Mic Event
7:30 p.m. Wilson University Union

West Virginia State University was founded in 1891 as a land-grant institution for the education of freed slaves and their descendants at a time when segregation was the law of the land. Since peaceful integration-in-reverse in 1954, the University has evolved into a multicultural multigenerational "living laboratory of human relations".

Carter G. Woodson, the founder of black history month, was a dean on the WVSU campus in the 1920s. He left to devote his time to the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.


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