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Presentations, Performances and Exhibit Scheduled for Black History Month at WSSU

January 28, 2011
A lecture by noted clergy, a symposium, stamp unveiling along with musical and theatrical performances highlight the schedule of Black History Month activities at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) Jan. 30 through Feb. 26.

   The lecture will be by the Rev. Dr. Sir Walter L. Mack, Jr., pastor at Union Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and the stamp unveiling is part of the Black Heritage U.S. Post Office Services.  A  Black Male Symposium will be presented by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Hip-Hop generation intellectual and FOX News political contributor.  Musical and theatrical performances will include Anthony McGill, noted New York Metropolitan Opera clarinetist, and adult storytelling by Willie Little and playwright Lorenzo Meachum.  All events are free and open to the public. The lineup includes:


 •    Sunday, Jan. 30

Event:                  Lecture “Facing the Post-Modern Challenge of Preserving Our Story,” by the Rev. Dr. Sir Walter L. Mack, Jr., pastor at Union Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. The event will feature the Union Baptist Church Choir, UBC Steppers and an organ prelude by Dr. Roy Belfield, Jr., WSSU associate professor of music.

Location:             WSSU’s K.R. Williams Auditorium

Time:                   3:45 p.m.

Sponsor:             James A. Gray Lecture Series
Contact:             Dr. Cedric Rodney, 336 750-2479
  
•    Tuesday, Feb. 2

Event:                Exhibit “Bunce Island: a British Slave Castle in Sierra Leone,” opens. Exhibit consists of a series of 20 door-sized panels containing images and text on the castle’s history and its links to African Americans.  It showcases period drawings, including pictures of the castle made in the mid-1700s, and photographs of the current ruins.  Considered the most important historic site in Africa for the United States, thousands of African captives were shipped from Bunce Island to South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and other Southern Colonies during the mid- and late 1700s. The Gullah people who live in the coastal region of the Southeastern United States are descendants of these slaves from Sierra Leone and other countries along the West African coast.

Location:            WSSU’s Thompson Student Center Room 207

Time:                   11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Daily Tuesday through Saturday)

Sponsor:              WSSU’s International Programs and Division of Student Affairs
Contact:              Deana Brim, 336 750-3345
 
•      Monday, Feb. 7
Event:                Unveiling of the U.S. Postal Service Black Heritage Stamp honoring pioneer filmmaker Oscar Micheaux.

Location:            Diggs Gallery on the WSSU Campus

Time:                  4 p.m.

Sponsor:            WSSU and the U.S. Postal Service
Contact:             
Ebony Ramsey, 336 750-3350
 
 
•      Thursday, Feb. 17
Event:                  Black Male Symposium (morning panel)

Location:            WSSU’s Albert H. Anderson Conference Center, Dillard Auditorium

Time:                   10 a.m.

Sponsor:             WSSU Office of Student Activities & Black Men for Change
Contact:             Ebony Ramsey, 336 750-3350


 
Event:              
Black Male Symposium (evening lecture) featuring Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, hip-hop generation intellectual.  He is currently a political contributor for Fox News Channel, where he appears regularly on programs such as “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Huckabee,” and “Hannity.”  His work covers topics such as hip-hop culture, politics, sexuality, education and religion.  He has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, books, and anthologies.  He has lectured widely and provides regular commentary for media outlets like NPR, Washington Post, Essence Magazine, and New York Times.

Location:            WSSU’s Albert H. Anderson Conference Center, Dillard Auditorium

Time:                   7 p.m.

Sponsor:             WSSU Office of Student Activities & Black Men for Change
Contact:             Ebony Ramsey, 336 750-3350


•    Tuesday,  Feb. 22

Event:                  Performance by Anthony McGill, Principal clarinetist with the New York Metropolitan Opera
Location:             WSSU’s Albert H. Anderson Conference Center, Dillard Auditorium

Time:                   7:30 p.m.

Sponsor:             WSSU Lyceum Series
Contact:             Dr. David Legette, 336 750-2530


•    Saturday,  Feb. 26 Event:                   
Performance From Front Porch to Juke Joint: An Evening of Adult Storytelling by artist Willie Little and playwright Lorenzo Meachum.

Location:             Diggs Gallery on the WSSU Campus

Time:                  7 p.m.

Sponsor:             WSSU Diggs Gallery
Contact:             Monica Scott, 336 750-2458

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