Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-02-01

Samford University will observe Black History Month with several convocation series speakers and other events.

Jeremiah Chester, president of Samford’s Black Student Union, will speak in convocation Thursday, Feb. 4. A senior philosophy and religion major from West Palm Beach, Fla., Chester will speak on the topic, “Reconciliation.”

Dr. Patricia Outlaw, associate professor in Samford’s Beeson Divinity School, will speak in convocation on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Both programs will be at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel and are free and open to the public.

Throughout February, the Samford Library will have a special Black History Month display of selected books and other items related to black history. The collection includes history, literature,  poetry, children’s books, biographies and CDs featuring the music of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and others.

Other events include the annual Thurgood Marshall symposium on Feb. 25, sponsored by the  Black Law Students Association at Samford’s Cumberland School of Law;  and a student/faculty tea hosted by the Black Student Union in late February.

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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.