Several events to celebrate Black History Month


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 4, 2014) — Tuskegee University will mark the achievements and lives of black people around the globe with a series of events for Black History Month. Starting tomorrow, the Army ROTC will have programs on black American history every Wednesday this month at 3 p.m. in the Daniel “Chappie” James Museum. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 334-296-2339. 

The month-long celebration continues with “Embracing Our Heritage and Continuing The Struggle,” a program filled with discussions and films covering black issues. Feb. 11, “The Abolitionists” will be shown at 4 p.m. in Kenney Hall auditorium. It will be followed by a panel discussion. 

New addition to Tuskegee Airmen site

On Feb. 15, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site will open its newest expansion, Hangar 2. There will be a public ribbon cutting and bust unveiling at Moton Field Historic Gate from 11-11:30 a.m. The Air Force ROTC and Tuskegee University Golden Voices Concert Choir are scheduled to participate. The National Parks Service will sponsor this event.

On Feb. 16, the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Concert Choir will hold its Annual Spirituals Concert at 4 p.m. in University Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Also, a showing and discussion of the film “Brazil” will be held Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. in Kenney auditorium. Also on Feb. 18, Gamma Sigma Sigma and Iota Phi Theta will host a forum on history and black influence called "S.K.I.N." from 7 to 9 p.m. in Armstrong auditorium.

Lecture on race and mental health 

Part of the Tuskegee University Lyceum Series, the James Toland Lecture returns this year with a presentation from Mab Segrest, a Fuller-Maathai Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Connecticut College. The lecture series is named in the honor of renowned historian Frank J. Toland who served for over 40 years as Tuskegee’s history department chair. 

Segrest’s lecture, "Mary Roberts," the Georgia State Sanitarium and the Psychiatric ‘Speciality’ of Race," will be held on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in Kenney auditorium. Segrest was raised in Tuskegee, Ala., and has written extensively about Macon County and her family's history. 

Her second book, “Memoir of a Race Traitor,” describes her work in the 1980s organizing against Klan and neo-Nazi movements in North Carolina. She is currently working on a social history of Georgia's state mental hospital at Milledgeville, which was the largest in the world in the 1940s and 1950s. This project on southern psychiatry works to bring a fuller understanding of the formative influence of race and white supremacy on psychiatric theory and practice. 

The month will conclude with a program celebrating one of Tuskegee’s most venerated professors and inventors, George Washington Carver. A convocation program will be held Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. in the Tuskegee University Chapel.

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