In 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson established Negro History week to be celebrated the first week of February in order to educate Americans about the lives, achievements and history of Black Americans. An important outcome of Negro History Week was increased literacy among Black Americans. Reading was essential.
On Tuesday, February 7th, stop by Founders Pub (on the bottom floor of the student center) between 12:30 p.m. and 2:10 p.m. as James Baldwin Scholar, Ernest L. Gibson, III. and Dr. Julius Bailey, assistant professor of Philosophy lead a discussion of: “Stranger in the Village” by James Baldwin: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/gjay/www/Whiteness/stranger.htm and chapter 1 of “Souls of Black Folk” by W.E. B. Du Bois: http://www2.hn.psu.edu/faculty/jmanis/webdubois/DuBoisSoulsBlackFolk6x9.pdf
Gibson will also speak on the life and scholarship of James Baldwin at the English department’s annual Black History Month colloquium at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7th.
If you are unable to attend, you are encouraged to participate in Read Black History Month by reading a work by a Black author during the month of February. Check EZRA or OhioLINK to borrow something from the English department’s suggested reading list: http://www5.wittenberg.edu/academics/english/readathon2010.html
Sponsored by African and Diaspora Studies, and the departments of English, Education, Philosophy and Sociology, along with CBS.
-Adapted from messages by Dr. Carmiele Wilkerson, Associate Professor of English