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Black History Month

ECSU announces Black History Month Events 2014

ECSU film series and events held during Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, Elizabeth City State University will present a series of films and events under the theme Civil Rights in America. There is no admission for the events.

Film Symposium

The four-part film symposium will be held every Thursday. The first two films will be in the Mary Albritton Douglas Auditorium (Rm. 206) before moving to Room 216 of the Walter N. and Henrietta B. Ridley Student Complex for the last two films,

February 6, 2014, 4:15pm
In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer, the first film in our Black History Month film series is entitled "Mississippi Burning." This 1988 drama focuses on the FBI investigation into the real-life murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964.

February 13, 2014, 3:30pm
The second film of the series is entitled “The Sapphires.” This 2012 Australian film shows how the music of Civil Rights movement transcended America’s borders. It is loosely based on the experiences of an all-female Australian aboriginal singing group named the Sapphires who brought “soul music” of Stax Records to the soldiers in Vietnam.

February 12th, 2014

Womanism/ Feminism Forum
4:00pm • Ridley Student Center- Room 206

Afrikan Dance Lesson
6:00pm • Ridley Student Center-Stage Area

February 21, 2014, 3:30pm
The third film of the series is entitled “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.” This 2002 documentary recounts the story of the Funk Brothers who were the handpicked by Berry Gordy in 1959 to become the house band for Motown recordings from 1959 to 1972.

"PW Moore: NOT a Biography 3/4 Highlights of his Service to Elizabeth City"
This 45-minute long presentation will address Moore's service to the Elizabeth City community, his emphasis on the church, his work in banking, and also his tireless work in the name of education. Peter Wedderick Moore, 1859-1934, was one of the area's most renowned educators. A graduate of Shaw, he was the first principal of Elizabeth City State Colored Normal School, which was the first name of what is today ECSU. He served from 1891-1928. The presentation will include some information on PWM that does not appear in the late Dr. Evelyn Johnson's 1980 history of Elizabeth City State University or in other published research.

Monday, Feb 17 @ 6:00pm, Ridley Student Center, Room 216, ECSU campus
Thursday, Feb 20 @ 5:30pm, Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Elizabeth City, NC
Sunday, Feb 23 @ 2:15pm, Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC
Tuesday, Feb 25 @ 2:00pm College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC

For more information, please contact Mr. Glen Bowman, ECSU Professor, 252.335.3424 or gcbowman@ecsu.edu.

February 28, 2014, 3:30pm
The fourth and final film within our symposium is entitled "Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” This thought-provoking 2013 film is loosely based on the real life of Eugene Allen. Starring Forrest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, the film depicts one man’s tenure as a butler at the White House over 34 years and how the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affected this man's life, family, and American society.

Lecture Series

In addition, faculty and students will showcase their research and expertise on an array of topics every Tuesday afternoon in a Brown Bag discussion series. All discussions will be in Walter N. and Henrietta B. Ridley Student Complex, Room 216.

February 4, 2014, 3:30pm
Chancellor Charles L. Becton will kick off the lecture series with a discussion on the role of lawyers during the Civil Rights era.

February 11, 2014, 3:30pm
Mr. Douglas A. Jackson, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, will discuss music during the Civil Rights Movement.

February 18, 2014, 3:30pm
Dr. Charles Cherry, School of Education and Psychology and Dr. Claudie J. Mackey, the Marc Basnight Endowed Chair in the School of Education and Psychology will participate in a roundtable discussion on their experiences as students at ECSU during the Civil Rights Movement.

February 25, 2014, 3:30pm
Current ECSU students will share their research papers and documentary on underappreciated individuals and movements in the long struggle for civil rights in the United States. Andy Reid, senior, will discuss his research on Marcus Garvey and the emergence of a southern Garvey movement. Leslie Norman, senior, will discuss the rise and fall of the marching band at ECSU during the 1930s. Alexa Speller and Corry Isel, juniors, will premiere their documentary on the hidden history of ECSU’s campus.

Come join us as we learn and engage these diverse topics in Black History. Free and open to all.

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Free Resources for Black History Month
These resources will be available from 24-JAN-2014 - 23-FEB-2014.

50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964, it ended segregation in public places and forbade discriminatory practices in employment.

But the fight for civil rights was underway long before 1964. Since 1909, the NAACP has played a key role in urging the passage of civil rights legislation throughout the 20th century.

See Proquest Black history milestones timeline

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