Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2000-02-18

Samford University students will observe Black History Month with several events this week. "Standing on the Shoulders of Our Forefathers" is the theme of the observance.

A forum on race relations will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in Divinity Hall N302. Dr. Jo Dohoney, Samford sociology professor and executive director of the Alabama Poverty Project, will serve as facilitator. Panelists will be students Danielle Pinkston, Caren Ross, Alvin Garrett and Ryan Buchanan.

The forum is sponsored by student chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the Black Students Organization.

Fairfield Mayor Larry Langford will speak Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in Reid Chapel.

The public is invited to both events free of charge. Danielle Pinkston, a junior from Chicago, Ill., is student chair of Samford's Black History Month observance.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.