Published on February 3, 2014 by William Nunnelley 

Samford University will present a series of Black History Month events and related programs during February.  The theme will be "In Spirit, In Action: A Celebration of Black History Month."

The schedule released by Dr. Denise Gregory, director of the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives, includes:

Feb. 4, 10 a.m., Reid Chapel,  Priscilla Hancock Cooper, vice president of institutional programs, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, "Oh Freedom . . . Reflections on Civil Rights in America"

Feb. 11, 10 a.m. Reid Chapel, The Reverend John L. Cantelow III, pastor, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, Birmingham

Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and Learn,  Dr. Joel S. Davis, assistant professor of music, School of the Arts, "A Soundtrack of Reconciliation:  Music, Race Relations, and Redemption in Mississippi ReMixed," Howard Room, Beeson University Center.  Live musical performances, hymn singalongs and excerpts from the 2010 documentary film (lunch provided but reservations required)

 Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and Learn, Wendy Greene, professor of law and director of faculty development, "Title VII: What's Black Women's Hair Got to Do with It?" Cumberland School of Law, Great Room, Robinson Hall (lunch provided but reservations required)

 Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Carroll Courtroom, Robinson Hall, Thurgood Marshall Symposium, "Immigration Reform: Civil Rights in Modern Day America"

Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and Learn, Dr. Chris Metress, University Professor, "Remembering Emmett Till," Howard Room, Beeson University Center (lunch provided but reservations required)

Feb. 27, 10 a.m. Reid Chapel, Concert, Stillman College Concert Choir, Bruce-Alvin Thompson, director

Also during February, the Samford Office of Marketing and Communication will feature daily videos of students, faculty and staff providing Black History Month facts and other information on the Samford website.

The University Library will feature displays of notable living black Alabamians including current Samford trustees as well as displays about Dr. John T. Porter, the first African American member of the Samford Board of Trustees, and Ms. Audrey Gaston, the first African American to attend Samford University when she was admitted to the Cumberland School of Law.

For Black History Month information, contact Dr. Gregory at

Black History Month Video Playlist



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