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Tuskegee University announces 2021 Black History Month Lecture Series

January 26, 2021

Contact: Kawana McGough, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

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A series of lectures, art exhibits, panel discussions and film screenings are among the events marking Black History Month at Tuskegee University throughout February. “Embracing Our Heritage and Continuing the Struggle” will be the month-long theme for programs hosted by the university.

The celebration gets underway on Feb. 5 at the Ford Motor Company Library in the Hollis Burke Frissell building, and continues with an array of events featuring guest speaker Alumna Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore; Benjamin Crump, nationally recognized trail lawyer for justice; Neville Garrick, artist for Bob Marley album covers and many more. For convenience, the complete list of events is also available as a PDF download. All events are free and held virtually via Zoom.

Friday, Feb. 5  |  10 am. |  Freedom Stitches: Quilting as Resilience  [See flyer]
Art Exhibit: Highlighting Black Art and Black Artists
Gee’s Bend Quilters
Location: virtual via Zoom and in the Reserves Room at Ford Motor Company Library

Friday, Feb. 5  |  1 pm |  Art as Resistance: Black Perspectives  [See flyer]
Highlighting Black Art and Black Artists
Panelists: Trey Tipper Raines, Richard Whittington, Art Woodson, Kyoka Akers

Tuesday, Feb. 9  |  1 pm |  Black Law Matters  [See flyer]
Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore and Tuskegee University Alumna

Tuesday, Feb. 9  |  5 pm |  Fourth Annual Tuskegee University Law School Fair
Location: via the Handshake platform

Wednesday, Feb. 10, Thursday, Feb. 11 & Friday, Feb. 12 |  Fifth Annual History Research Symposium
Theme: INSECURE: Black Life, Resilience,and Joy in an Age of Uncertainty.

Tuesday, Feb. 16  |  1 pm  |  Reggae and Resistance  [See flyer]
Neville Garrick, creator of the artwork for many Bob Marley album covers

Thursday, Feb. 18  |  1 pm |  The Color of Baseball  [See flyer]
Wali Cathcart, Former Player with the Negro Leagues

Tuesday, Feb. 23  |  10 am |  The Color of Law  [See flyer]
Benjamin Crump, nationally recognized trial lawyer for justice

Tuesday, Feb. 23  |  1 pm |  Covid-19 and the African American Community  [See flyer]
Panelists: Deloris Alexander, Crystal James, Rueben Warren, Frank Lee

Wednesday, Feb. 24  |  1 pm |  Unforgotten: Photography as Resistance  [See flyer]
Chester Higgins, staff photographer for the New York Times for more than four decades

Thursday, Feb. 25  |  1 pm |  Retracing the Footsteps of History  [See flyer]
Lula Joe Williams, Gladis Williams, Barbara Jean Williams Parker

Friday, Feb. 26  |  1 pm |  A Strategic Vision for Tuskegee University  [See flyer]
A Deans’ Panel

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.

Tuskegee’s Black History Month events are presented through partnerships and sponsorship by: The Department of History and Political Science, The College of Arts & Sciences, The University Archives and University Special Collections, TU Library Systems, TU Global Office; The National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, The College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences; The School of Architecture and Construction Science, The Student Government Association and The Tuskegee University Office of the President; The University of Florida’s Center for African Studies and The Andrew F. Mellon Foundation.

For more information about Tuskegee University’s Black History Month programming, contact Dr. Thiam at or at 334-725-4974.

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