Published on February 1, 2017 by Philip Poole  
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by Erin Bognar

Throughout each academic year, Samford University engages in events and emphases that foster greater understanding of historic context and diverse ideas in leading societal improvement.

During February, the university is presenting a series of Black History Month events and related programs highlighted with a trip to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., for a group of students and faculty.

The series is being coordinated by Samford’s Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives, and includes the following: 

Feb. 2, 10 a.m., Reid Chapel, campus worship with the Center Point High School Gospel Choir from Birmingham 

Feb. 7, 10 a.m., Brooks Auditorium, movie trivia night; teams of four are welcome to compete 

Feb. 9, 10 a.m., Reid Chapel, Campus Worship with Rev. Michael Wesley Sr., pastor, Greater Shiloh Baptist Church, Birmingham 

Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m., Howard Room, Beeson University Center, Face to Face with Race: Faculty and Staff. Samford University employees are invited to join a candid discussion on race, according to Denise Gregory, director of diversity and intercultural initiatives. Advance registration is required. 

Feb. 17–19, excursion to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.

Feb. 21, 3 p.m., Christenberry Planetarium, a viewing of the documentary film 13th by Ava DuVernay 

Feb 23, 6 p.m., Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall, a viewing and panel discussion of the documentary The Color of Fear sponsored by Orlean Beeson School of Education  

Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m., Howard Room, Lunch and Learn: Scottsboro Boys. John Allison, an archivist from Morgan County, Alabama, will discuss the famous Scottsboro Boys trials from the 1930s that resulted in landmark legal action around racism and fair trials. Register here.  

From Feb. 20 to March 3, Harwell G. Davis Library will feature a Scottsboro Boys exhibit. 

Also during February, Samford Dining will feature cuisine in celebration of Black History Month in the main university dining hall.   

For more Black History Month information, contact Gregory at

Erin Bognar is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Division of Marketing and Communication.

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.