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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.