A workshop blending interactive theater, embodied performance and a multimedia production helped kick off a celebration of Black History Month on Friday at Methodist University.
The workshop was led by Sonny Kelly, a scholar, writer and performer. It focused on the difficult conversations Black people must have with their children, according to a Methodist University news release.
“Celebrating and honoring Black History Month at Methodist University is important because Black history is largely ignored in mainstream education at all levels,” said Carla Fagan, director of the university’s social work program and a member of its diversity, equity and inclusion advisory board. “MU celebrates diversity and works to educate the MU community about diversity. In an ideal world, Black History Month would not be necessary, but we are very far from an ideal world.”
Upcoming programs marking Black History Month include:
- Black History Month trivia contest, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 7, Hendricks 122.The Student Belonging & Inclusion team will challenge MU students’ knowledge of Black history.
- Womack Lecture, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 13, Medical Lecture Hall:As part of the Womack Lecture Series, Marla Frederick, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture at Emory University, will speak on two topics: “The Courage to Build: Black Religion and the Development of HBCUs” and “Why Christianity Needs Critical Race Theory.”
- Lunch and Learn: 11 a.m.–noon Feb. 15, Alumni Dining Hall:The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office will host a discussion about what Black History Month means to students. Lunch will be provided.
- Black Love Movie, 7 p.m. Feb. 15, Hendricks 122:A film that celebrates Black love will be shown.
- Poetry Slam, 9 p.m. Feb. 22, Berns Student Center:A professional poet will discuss how students can express themselves through poetry.
- Black History Month Reflections, all day Feb. 28, across campus:On the final day of Black History Month, Black Student Union members will ask students across campus what they learned month and what it means to them.
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