2024 Black History Month Events


Wednesday, Jan. 31, Drinko Library Atrium; 4 p.m-5:30 p.m. The Great Speakers’ Series and the HLC Quality Initiative Present Distinguished Scholar Dr. William H. Turner, who will discuss his book, The Harlan Renaissance: Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns, Sponsored by the Center for Economic & Community Development in Black Appalachia and Isolated Communities, The Carter G. Woodson Lyceum, the John Deaver Drinko Academy, University Libraries and Academic Affairs.

Thursday, Feb. 1, Carroll Gallery, Marshall University’s Visual Arts Center, Pullman Square; 4 p.m. reception; 4:30 p.m. program, “African Americans and the Arts,” featuring Laurie Goux (dance), DEI officer, West Virginia Wesleyan College; and honoring winners of the 2024 Black History Poster Competitions. (See information about the Juried Exhibition of Student-Designed Posters below.

Wednesday, Feb. 7, Drinko Library Atrium, 4 p.m., “African Americans and the Arts,” featuring presentations by Professor Sandra Reed, School of Art & Design, Dr. Carline Waugh, School of Music and Dr. Johan Botes, School of Music.

Friday, Feb. 9, First Baptist Church of Huntington, 7 p.m., “I, Too, Sing America: An Evening of Music by African American Composers,” presented by Dr. Carline Waugh, soprano and Dr. Johan Botes, piano, the School of Music.

Monday, Feb. 12, Drinko academy’s Annual Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lecture, at 4 p.m., Shawkey Dining Room, Memorial Student Center; Brent Leggs, executive director, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund and senior vice president of the National Trust, will discuss historic preservation. Co-sponsored by The Woodson Lyceum, Drinko Academy, College of Education and Professional Development, Academic Affairs and Marshall University Library Associates.

Thursday, Feb. 15, Dr. Julian K. Glover, assistant professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, will visit campus for two events. An expert in Black/Brown Queer Cultural Formations, Dr. Glover will host a student roundtable in the Drinko Library Atrium from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. At 6 p.m., Dr. Glover will lecture on “My Life, My Research: How a Homeless Kid Became a Professor,” located in the Shawkey Room in the Memorial Student Center. Light refreshments will be served at both events. This visit is sponsored by Academic Affairs.

Tuesday, Feb. 20, Drinko Library Atrium, 4 p.m., featuring John Moon, who is highlighted in the book: American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America’s First Paramedics, written by Kevin Hazzard. Co-sponsored with the School of Pharmacy, the Fairfield Community Development Corporation and Daniel and Gayle Brazeau.

Thursday, Feb. 22, Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall, 7 p.m., featuring Judge Richard Gergel, Amicus Curiae lecturer. Judge Gergel’s address is titled “The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Igniting of the Modern Civil Rights Movement.” He authored a highly-praised book, Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring. It is a famous story that has been featured on PBS’ “American Experience.” The lecture is sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, with support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Student Exhibition

Monday, Jan. 29-Friday, Feb. 9, Pneumatic Gallery, Visual Arts Center at Pullman Square, “African Americans and the Arts: A Juried Exhibition of Student-Designed Posters,” Sponsored by The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum, the Drinko Academy, and the School of Art & Design. Exhibiting students: Emily Adkins, Benjamin Ardman, Jenna Billups, Joshua Biser, Kyle Braun, Graci Davis, Clover Donahue, Allison Dorsey, Karson Echard, Noel Edmunds, Kaylee Esteves, Hailey Hagerman, Seth Hardwick, Chandreonia Harris, Sophia Kelley, Bryce Lusher, Justin Mata, Jamie Meadows, Olivia Miller, Ashley Morris, Morgan Napier, Evie Norris, Joshua Perry, Charles Ray, Kaleigh Riddle, Lana Thacker, Nathaniel Thompson, Alexander Vance, Makayla Welch, Kaylie Williams.

Intercultural Affairs Events

Wednesday, Feb. 7, National Black AIDS Awareness Day. Memorial Student Center – Lobby, 12 p.m.
Come join us as we raise awareness about the impact of HIV on Blacks/African Americans
and the importance of increasing access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services to reduce this HIV/AIDS. Information will be provided about resources,  treatment/prevention, and healthy living tips as well as free and confidential on-campus testing conducted by the West Virginia Department of Health. No appointment is necessary. Light refreshments will be provided. This Event is Free and OPEN TO ALL. For more information, please contact Shaunte Polk at polk4@marshall.edu; Stephanie Shaffer at Stephanie.shaffer@marshall.edu; or Rebecca Glass at rlglass1@aol.com

Friday, Feb. 9, 16, 23, Black History Month Power Hour. WMUL Radio Station – www.
marshall.edu/wmul, 12 p.m. “Celebrating Black Culture through Music.” Break out your bell bottoms, leg warmers or parachute pants as we take you on a musical journey on Friday afternoons in February. We will play R&B’s biggest and best hits of the 80s, ’90s, and 2000s. Sponsored by the Center for African American Students. For additional information, contact Shaunte Polk, polk4@marshall.edu or Stephanie Shaffer at stephanie.shaffer@marshall.edu

Saturday, Feb. 10, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center trip to Cincinnati, Ohio,
7 a.m. The Office of Intercultural Affairs and Housing and Residence Life invite you to this oneof-a-kind, day education excursion. Seating is limited. Please RSVP your request to Shaunte Polk at polk4@marshall.edu or Housing and Residence Life at housing@marshall.edu

Saturday, Feb. 17, The Great Soul Food Cook Off, Memorial Student Center, Don Morris
Room, 3 p.m. Come, be our judge and taste the best soul food cooking that Huntington has to offer. Three of Huntington’s best chefs will put their best recipes forward in hopes of being named the “Great Soul Food Cook Off Champion.”

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