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News Release, Jan. 24, 2019

Contact: Burnis R. Morris,



HUNTINGTON W.Va. – Marshall University’s Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum today announces a summer institute for West Virginia teachers that will help integrate the study of black history in school curricula and provide graduate professional development credits for the educators.

The institute, called "The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum: Integrating the Study of Black History into School Curricula," is being funded through a grant of $17,100 from the West Virginia Humanities Council and a commitment of more than $40,000 from Lyceum resources in cash and in-kind contributions. It is the second Lyceum institute funded through collaboration with the West Virginia Humanities Council to assist teachers seeking advanced study in black history and literature – with an emphasis on the teachings of Carter G. Woodson, who was a graduate of Douglass School in 1896 and its principal 1900-1903, before he became an international figure and was recognized as the "Father of Black History." The Lyceum’s previous institute was offered to the state’s teachers in 2017.

Twenty educators will be selected for the program, and they will study Woodson, black history, black literature, how to incorporate black history in their programs and visit historic sites in the area. All sessions, except road trips, will take place on the Marshall University campus June 17-21 and will be taught by national experts, including Marshall University professors, and local historians.

The Lyceum’s funding covers the teachers’ tuition and provides them with a stipend of $500. Teachers will be required to attend all sessions and prepare lesson plans. Several lesson plans from the 2017 institute are on display at

Applicants should apply at: by 5 p.m., March 15, 2019. Questions should be addressed to Professor Burnis Morris, Carter G. Woodson Professor and director/co-founder of The Lyceum, at

Morris said, "This institute provides instruction in a much-needed area. Black history is more popular than ever, but few educators and their schools have been properly prepared in this area. However, most educators I know want to learn more about black history, which until recent years was rarely included in classrooms."

Jan. 24, 2019 Event Program


The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum

Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Marshall University

January 24, 2019


Burnis R. Morris
Carter G. Woodson Professor, co-founder, The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum

Announcement – West Virginia Humanities Council Grant
The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum:
Integrating the Study of Black History into School Curricula

Announcement – Unveiling the 2019 Official Black History Poster
(National Black History Theme: "Black Migrations")

Announcement – Winners of 2019 Black History Poster Competitions
Sandra Reed, Professor of Art & Design

Discussion – 2019 Black History Month, Major Events
Burnis Morris & Audience

Reception – Let’s Get This Party Started (Happy Black History Month)!

Black History Poster Competition Winners – Marshall University art & design students: Zane Pinson, first place official poster winner; Jerett Morrison, merit award. Cabell Schools Winners and Their Teachers: Tayveon Wilson, Meadows Elementary School (teacher: Carrie Fowler), Hannah Carter, Barboursville Middle School (teacher: Angela Webb); Lyric Payne, Huntington High (teacher: Diane Frazier)

 This Lyceum project, "Integrating Black History into School Curricula," has been made possible in part by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Thanks Maple Grove individual members for your support of The Lyceum.

Thanks also to institutional members of The Lyceum: Marshall University’s Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, College of Arts and Media, College of Education and Professional Development, Intercultural Affairs, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, School of Medicine, Intercultural Affairs, Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, Drinko Academy, as well as Dow Jones News Fund, Friends of Marshall Libraries and State of West Virginia Office of the Governor (Herbert Henderson Office

Carter G. Woodson and the Woodson Century of Making Black Lives Matter

West Virginia Archives and History Library Workshops/Lectures

Oct. 18, 2018


On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Burnis R. Morris will present "Carter G. Woodson and the Woodson Century of Making Black Lives Matter" in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Carter G. Woodson, the second African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard, served as Academic Dean of West Virginia State Collegiate Institute, present-day West Virginia State University, from 1920 to 1922 and is the Father of Black History Month. He began his education at Douglass High School in Huntington. Morris will discuss the Woodson’s early years, including his time in West Virginia, and also will discuss his newest project, "Woodson Century of Making Black Lives Matter."

Burnis R. Morris is the Carter G. Woodson Professor and co-founder of The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University. He has been a Distinguished John Deaver Drinko Fellow at Marshall, a Carter G. Woodson Fellow at Emory University, and the recipient of a West Virginia Humanities Council Fellowship. Morris also received the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award for senior faculty at Marshall and a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to create a summer institute for black history instruction, which he conducted June 6-9, 2017.

Morris received a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Dayton and a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Mississippi, where he became the first black student there to be selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Before his employment in the academic world, Morris served as a New York Times intern and as a reporter and editor and in executive positions at several newspapers owned by Cox Enterprises. He is author of three books, most recently Carter G. Woodson: History, the Black Press, and Public Relations (University Press of Mississippi, 2017).

Participants may park behind the Culture Center after 5:00 p.m. on October 18 and enter the building at the back loading dock area. There also is limited handicapped parking available in the new bus turnaround.

For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at 304-558-0230.