Lourdes University celebrates African-American History Month

Posted Feb 6th, 2012 by Heather Hoffman  Category: Community Interest


On February 7th, Lourdes will launch its celebration of National African America History Month with a screening of the Civil Rights documentary Freedom Riders. A host of additional public events will follow through the month of February and into March, including:

African American Read-In: February 15
Sponsored by the Black Caucus of National Council of Teachers of English, Lourdes University will be part of the 23rd national African American Read-In. Members of the community can choose from nearly 70 titles including fiction, non-fiction and poetry pieces such as “Nonviolent Resistance Must Remain a Civil Rights Principle” by Martin Luther King, Jr., “Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes and “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest Gaines. Ebeid Student Center in the lower level of Delp Hall, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Motown / Charles H. Wright Museum trip: February 18
Lourdes students will have an opportunity to visit the Motown Museum and The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI. Founded in 1985, the Motown Museum preserves the legacy of the Motown Record Corporation and culture through exhibitions and programs that promote the values of vision, creativity and entrepreneurship. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. Open to Lourdes community only.

Lourdes University Celebration of Black History Month: February 29
The Lourdes University annual Celebration of Black History Month will feature guest speaker The Honorable Judge Myron Duhart as well as musical performances by The Clarence Smith Community Chorus, directed by Clarence R. Smith, Jr., the Lourdes University Chorus and Good Company Ensemble with Director Karen T. Biscay and Accompanist Olga Topuzova-Meade and area high school choirs. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Franciscan Center. Call 419-824-3825 for more information. Free and open to the public.

Growing Up Black in White – Book Discussion with Author: March 1
Lourdes University will host a book discussion with author Kevin Hofmann. His book Growing Up Black in White addresses the issue of racial diversity and shares Hofmann’s first-hand account of being raised in a diverse household. Born to a white mother and black father in Detroit in 1967, only weeks before the race riots that brought a major city to its knees, the author was taken to a foster home and then adopted by a white minister and his wife. In this fascinating memoir, Hofmann reveals the difficulties and joys of being part of this family, particularly during a time and in a location where acceptance was tentative and emotions regarding race ran high and hot. 2 p.m. in the Den at Lourdes Commons. Free and open to the public – but please RSVP to tcolbert@lourdes.edu or msmith2@lourdes.edu prior to the discussion.

I Have a Dream Theater Vision presentation: March 5
The phenomenal impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is chronicled in this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the “American Century.” Students will be inspired by the story of this great leader’s struggle and his dream of lifting “our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.” $8 per person. 10 a.m. in the Franciscan Center.

Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, liberal arts, nursing, organizational leadership and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Life Lab, Lifelong Learning and Theater Vision. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in baseball and men’s and women’s basketball, golf and volleyball. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Discover us online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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