Published on January 30, 2019 by Sarah Cain  
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During February, the university is presenting a series of Black History Month events and related programs including student discussions, lunch and learns, and a documentary viewing.

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


An Evening with Jeff Johnson

January 31
7:00 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Join Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin and national award-winning journalist Jeff Johnson for a conversation on pressing issues facing Birmingham and the nation today.

Face-to-Face with Race Roundtable Discussion

February 11
5 p.m.
Cooney Field House – 3rd Floor

Open to students only.

Students from all areas of campus will share a meal and discuss questions centered on the dynamics of race relations on campus and in our communities. 

University Convocation with Dr. Johnathan Brooks

February 19
10 a.m.
Reid Chapel
Dr. Johnathan Brooks

Lunch and Learn with Dr. Johnathan Brooks

February 20
11:30 a.m.
Divinity South 111

Black History Documentary: Agents of Change

February 21
3 p.m.
Christenberry Planetarium
Agents of Change  examines the racial conditions on college campuses across the U.S. in the late 1960s, focusing on student demands at two seminal protests: San Francisco State in 1968 and Cornell University in 1969. Many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests today, revealing the intersections America continue to face.

University Convocation with Dr. Charles Howard

February 26
10 a.m.
Reid Chapel
Dr. Charles Howard is returning to campus to present to the Samford community. This time, he will discuss the role of religion in the way that we interact with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Dr. Howard serves as the University Minister for the University of Pennsylvania.

Thurgood Marshall Symposium with Representative Anthony Daniels

February 28
5:30 p.m.
Regions Room 400 (Cooney Hall)
Anthony Daniels made history twice when he became the first black person and the youngest official to hold the state legislative position of House Minority Leader. Out of 105 representatives in the state legislature, the 34-year-old Democrat is one of 27 black representatives. He will serve as the guest speaker for this year’s symposium.

For more information on Black History Month events, contact the Office ofDiversity and Intercultural Initiatives at

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