ECSU announces 2016 Black History Month events

By Kesha Williams

Review the schedule of Black History Month events at ECSU and you will find three striking films that are sure to spark lunch table discussions all month.

First, Selma, a multi-award winning film released in 2014 that chronicles the historic yet bloody quest in Selma, Alabama for Black citizens to secure voting rights. Alabama police officers brutally attacked civil rights demonstrators who attempted to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to the state capital in Montgomery.

Next, Ghosts of Amistad, another film released in 2014, explores the 1839 slave revolt. Historians traveled to Sierra Leone to learn how village residents preserve details of the revolt by their predecessors. Last, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, a film that reflects on a controversial party anchored in Oakland, California (1966), credited with social justice missions, political activism, community empowerment activities and linked to criminal acts that affected the party’s enemies and sometimes its own members.

ECSU History professor Charles Reed said Black History Month event organizers attempted to include topics that reflect ideas from students, staff and students. The public is welcome to attend film presentations and panel discussions. Reed assures participants the series of events will reflect not only the hardships related to the civil rights era but accomplishments made by Black men and women that brought the nation closer to is declaration of liberty and justice for all. The list of events follows:

 

Black History Month at the E

Theme: Sites of Memory: Selma, Black Wall Street, Harlem, Ferguson

February 2 - June

The Museum of the Albemarle presents a traveling exhibit

Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Exhibit: The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

This exhibit appears in Elizabeth City courtesy of Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This free, panel exhibit includes photographs, facsimiles of landmark documents, and quotations by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and others engaged in the struggle for civil rights.

Location: Museum of the Albemarle, 501 S. Water Street

 

 

SELMA

Presentation by Dr. Glen Bowman, of the ECSU Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences: "The Impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. at Elizabeth City State College: 1963-1968"

February 2 at 4 p.m.

Location: Moore Hall Auditorium

 

Opening session, reception, and discussion presented by the ECSU History Club

February 4 at 4 p.m.

Location: Pharmacy Complex, room #102

 

BLACK WALL STREET

Discussion and Performance: To Pimp a Butterfly

Tuesday, February 9 at 4 p.m.

Location: Moore Hall Auditorium

 

Film and Discussion: Selma (DuVernay, 2014)

Thursday, February 11 at 4 p.m.

Location: Pharmacy Complex in room #102

 

Clio Historic Sites African-American/ECSU History Write-In

Friday, February 12 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Clio is a website and mobile app (theclio.com) that allows users to find historic sites around them using a zip code or their phone’s GPS. During this session, ECSU History students and faculty will assist participants in researching and adding local historic sites related to African-American history, including many on ECSU’s campus, to Clio.

Location: G.R. Little Library Instructional Learning Lab

 

HARLEM

Reading: Harlem Renaissance: Bring your favorite poem or excerpt to share with the audience.

Monday, February 15, 4 pm

Location: Ridley Student Center Stage (tentative)

 

Panel discussion: The N Word

Tuesday, February 16 at 4 p.m.

Location: Moore Hall Auditorium

 

Clubs and Organizations Event

Wednesday, February 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Ridley Student Complex Stage (tentative)

 

Film and Discussion: Ghosts of Amistad (Buba, 2014)

Thursday, February 18, 4 p.m.

Location: Pharmacy Complex in room #102

 

Wikipedia African-American/ECSU History Write-In

Friday, February 19, 12 noon to 2 p.m.

During this session, ECSU history students and faculty will assist participants in researching and contributing material related to African-American history, including the history of ECSU, to Wikipedia.

Location: G.R. Little Library Instructional Learning Lab

 

Harlem Nights Casino Night sponsored by Alpha Lambda Chapter of Tuba Phi Tuba Brass Fellowship

Friday, February 19, at 7 p.m.

Location: K.E. White Graduate and Continuing Education Center

Entrance fee: $5

 

FERGUSON

Black Business Forum

Monday, February 22 at 4 p.m.

Location: Ridley Student Center Stage (tentative)

 

Panel discussion: #blacklivesmatter

Tuesday, February 23 at 4 p.m.

Location: Moore Hall Auditorium

 

Film and Discussion: The Black Panthers (Nelson, 2015)

Thursday, February 25 at 4 p.m.

Location: Pharmacy Complex in room #102

 

For more information on these events, contact: ECSU history professor Dr. Charles Reed, cvreed@ecsu.edu, 252-335-3201