Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-02-05

Samford University students will observe Black History Month with several events and speakers during February. The public is invited to any of the programs.

Evangelist Angulus Wilson, a former gang member in South Central Los Angeles, will speak at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in Reid Chapel. Now director of the Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Center of Wheaton College, he has developed anti-gang prevention programs and helped education youth on the dangers of criminal lifestyles.

“The Virgil Ware Story” is the topic on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel. Ware was a 13-year-old riding a bicycle in Birmingham when he was slain by two teens. The incident happened on the same day four girls died in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Tommy Wrenn, chair, Birmingham Civil Rights Activist Committee, Samford students, and members of Ware’s family will discuss his life and death.

Paula McGee, preacher, motivational speaker and former professional basketball player, will speak on the topic, “Women on Mission,” Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel. McGee, president of Paula McGee Ministries, also owns a sports management agency and is co-founder of Christian Business Success Network, which trains and provides support for Christian business leaders.

McGee will also lead a Women and Vocational Leadership workshop later that day at 3 p.m. in the Davis Library Conference Room. The event is sponsored by Samford’s University Ministries, Student Ministries, Christian Women’s Leadership Center and the Black Heritage Association. For workshop reservations, call 726-4194.


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.