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Lectures, panel discussions and other programs on the Tuskegee University campus throughout February will mark the university’s annual observance of Black History Month. These activities — open to members of the campus and surrounding communities — will center on the common theme of “Embracing Our Heritage and Continuing the Struggle.”
“We want everyone — especially our students — to view Black History Month not just as a moment to reflect on our past and our heritage, but as a moment for us to project a bold declaration of faith into the promise of our future,” said Dr. Thierno Thiam, associate professor and chair of Tuskegee’s Department of History and Political Science.
A complete list of events appears below. For convenience, the list is also available as a PDF download. Unless otherwise noted, events will be located on the university’s campus in the John A. Kenney Hall Bioethics Auditorium, Room 71-243. All events are free and open to the public.
The month’s events are presented through a partnership between the Department of History and Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, the University Archives, the Office of Global Initiatives, the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Black History Month programming comprises the annual lecture series honoring Dr. Frank Toland Sr. Before his death in 2010 at the age of 90, the professor emeritus of history was known as a tireless educator, a local public servant and a voice of the voting rights movement. Toland began serving on the university faculty in 1949, and in 1968, he became chair of the History Department — a position he held for 16 years. During his university tenure, he also served as a member of the Tuskegee City Council, NAACP and Macon County Democratic Club.
Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. It is an annual celebration of achievements by African-Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.
For more information about Tuskegee University’s Black History Month programming, contact Thiam at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 334-725-4974.
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