Thursday, February 6, 2014

Black History Month 50 Years After the Civil Rights Movement

Georgia Regents University (GRU) will use the national theme for Black History Month which is “The Golden Jubilee: Celebrating 50 years after the Civil Rights Movement.” Various local events, non-GRU as well as GRU, include the following activities through March, as compiled by Lillian Wan of GRU's Reese Library:

- GRU Reese Library at 2500 Walton Way will host a 1960s yearbook display featuring historic photos and articles of Black students on Summerville campus. The exhibit will run through February.

- Feb. 5 Wed., 6 p.m. – The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History will co-host the program “Before the Movement and After the Act: Black Augusta Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – A Community Forum” at the Laney Museum at 1116 Phillips St. The event is co-hosted with The Department of History/Anthropology & Philosophy, Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences of Georgia Regents University. Host will be Dr. Perzavia T. Praylow of GRU. Panelists will include Dr. Charles E. Goodman of Tabernacle Baptist Church and members of the community.

- Feb. 6 Thurs. – Screening of Hodges Usry’s “The Steering Committee” at Allgood Hall, room N-126. The documentary will begin at 2:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.

- The downtown public library at 823 Telfair St. will host the “Witness to the Holocaust Traveling Exhibit” through Feb. 7. It features photos by WWII vet William Alexander Scott III, son of the founder of the first black-owned daily paper in Atlanta, the Atlanta Daily World. Scott III was also a photographer in a segregated battalion of the U.S. Army during the war. His photo essay “draws parallels between the Jim Crow Laws and the Nuremberg Race Laws of 1935-1945 implemented in Germany and Nazi-controlled areas of Europe.”

- Feb. 13 Thurs. – Screening of Hodges Usry’s “The Steering Committee” at GRU Children’s Hospital of Georgia, conference room BT-1809. The documentary will begin at noon, followed by a question and answer session.

- Feb. 14 Fri. – Urban Bush Women, special lecture at University Hall, room 170, beginning at noon. Speaker will be Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founding artistic director, about 30 years of Urban Bush Women.

- Feb. 15 Sat. – Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Rd. in Beech Island, S.C. Description and time TBA.

- Feb. 15 Sat. – Urban Bush Women will be presented as part of the Lyceum Series at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Summerville campus, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 general public, $12 for GRU faculty and staff, and free for GRU spring semester students.

- Feb. 16 Sun. – GRU Black Student Union Gospel Extravaganza, 3-6 p.m., Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.

- Feb. 17 Mon. – Buffalo Soldiers Day at Summerville campus. See and hear re-enactors and find out information on those brave historic soldiers. Film presentation will begin at 11 a.m. at the Jaguar Student Activity Center Coffeehouse. A horse demonstration will follow at 1 p.m. on the field adjacent to the JSAC, in front of the Science Hall.

- Feb. 19 Wed. – Laney Museum Historian Awards Program, 5 p.m., at the museum at 1116 Phillips St.

- Feb. 20 Thurs. – Author Milton Washington will speak about his memoir “Slickyboy: The Black Dust of South Korea” in the JSAC Ballroom, starting at 2:30 p.m.

- Feb. 22 Sat., 11 a.m. at the downtown public library at 823 Telfair St., room B, 1st floor. The library will feature a Black History Month program on Lucy Laney. Speaker Dr. Kent Anderson Leslie will talk about her almost completed biography on Miss Laney and will note “little known facts about Miss Laney’s life and legacy.”

- Feb. 24 Mon., 4-5 p.m. The GRU Department of English and Foreign Languages and FLAIR will host a panel titled “Images and Memories of Africa” at GRU Summerville campus in Allgood Hall, room E-251. It will be presented in English by Dr. Liana Babayan, GRU Assistant Professor of French, and Dr. Eronini Egbujor, Paine College Associate Professor of French/GRU Adjunct Instructor of French. For more information, contact Jana Sandarg at

- Feb. 25 Tues. – “The Mis-Education of Greek Life: Why We Step” will be held at the JSAC Ballroom from 6-7 p.m.

- Feb. 27 Thurs. – GRU Reese Library will present a Black History Month program featuring Lucy Craft Laney. Speaker will be Dr. Kent Anderson Leslie. It will be held at UH157 room in University Hall at 2:30 p.m.

- Mar. 8 Sat. – Paine College Cemetery Tours at Cedar Grove, 120 Watkins St. Walk through the historic cemetery and see and hear costumed speakers talk about the many famous heroes, sheroes and other remarkable inhabitants. Hours TBA.

- Mar. 22 Sat. – Laney Museum Black History Quiz Bowl. Hours TBA

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