Several events will be held during the month of February in celebration of Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
February 6 – Methodist University’s Spring Convocation, which annually holds a Black History Month theme, will feature Dr. Eric Mansfield, founder of Cape Fear Otolaryngology in Fayetteville, who will speak on “Challenges That African Americans Face in Education, Health, and Profession.” His lecture will begin at 11 a.m. in Huff Concert Hall.
February 8 – The Methodist University English Department will present a work in progress screening of “Talking Black in America: The Story of African American Language.” The film’s executive producer, Walt Wolfram, will be in attendance for a question and answer period following the screening. The film will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Physician Assistant Auditorium.
February 20 – The Department of Multicultural Affairs will host the African American Museum on Wheels in Berns Student Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum includes a collection of photos, artifacts, and writings dating back to 1860.
February 27 – The Davis Memorial Library will present its inaugural Black History Month Speaker series. This year’s speaker will be Larry B. Perkins, author of “Buck Seventy-Two, A Destiny of Will.” Perkins is a commissioner on the North Carolina State Emergency Response Commission and has authored numerous books and articles on safety. His lecture, which is not open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. in Yarborough Auditorium. Media is invited to attend.
Chapel Services – In addition to these events, all of February’s chapel services will focus on topics related to Black History Month. On Feb. 8, there will be a guest speaker, and the One Voice International Gospel Choir will perform. On Feb. 15, the service will focus on spirituals about liberation, empowerment, and celebration. Lastly, on Feb. 22, there will be a guest speaker from the United Methodist Committee on Race and Religion, whose sermon is titled “Lift Every Voice: Social Justice and the Black Church.” There will be a solo at this service by the student director of the One Voice International Gospel Choir, Ashley Matthews.