The University of South Carolina Beaufort has scheduled a series of events in February to commemorate African American History Month.
Meldon Hollis, a visiting professor in the political science department at Savannah State University, will deliver the keynote address at the Opening Session and Reception from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday in the lobby of the Hargray Building on USCB’s Bluffton Campus.
Chancellor Al M. Panu will offer welcoming remarks, Gullah artist Sonja Griffin Evans will present an original work on voting rights and the USCB Gospel Choir will perform.
The PBS series “Eyes on the Prize,” which covered 30 years of the American civil rights movement, will form the backdrop for USCB’s 2020 African American History Month series.
“Much of the footage from the documentary encompasses what the civil rights movement was all about: the prize of voting rights and full participation in society for African Americans,” said Najmah Thomas, assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences and program coordinator for human services at USCB.
Thomas, the faculty member for African American studies at USCB, is chair of the committee responsible for organizing this month’s events.
“With the upcoming presidential elections and the overall national conversation around civic participation, our committee decided 2020 would be an ideal time to reflect back and look forward and ask what is the prize now, and how do we collectively set goals to achieve it?” Thomas said.
For more information, contact Thomas at 843-208-8339 or [email protected]
The schedule of events, sponsored by the nonprofit South Carolina Humanities, includes:
• 5-7 p.m. Feb. 4: Opening reception, “Eyes on the Prize” documentary screening and discussion; Hargray Lobby, Bluffton Campus.
• 5-7 p.m. Feb. 6: “Eyes on the Prize” documentary and discussion following the screening of two selections from the 13-program series; USCB Center for the Arts, Beaufort Campus.
• 6-8 p.m. Feb. 8: Orangeburg Massacre documentary and candlelight vigil; USCB Center for the Arts, Beaufort Campus.
• Feb. 10: “The Best of Enemies,” 5:30-6:30 p.m. discussion, 7 p.m. movie; USCB Center for the Arts, Beaufort Campus.
• 5-7 p.m. Feb. 12: “Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism,” Wanda Lloyd, book talk; Library 237, Bluffton Campus.
• 5-7 p.m. Feb. 13: Healthy People 2030 Panel, Social Justice in Health Care; OLLI Room 103, Hilton Head Island Campus.
• 5-7 p.m. Feb. 20: Student Panel Discussion: Voting Rights, Responsibilities and Political Power; Campus Center 105, Bluffton Campus.
• 5-8 p.m. Feb. 21: Hilton Head Island’s Gullah Celebration, Gullah Music Series featuring the Voices of El Shaddai; Queen Chapel AME Church.
• 6-8 p.m. Feb. 26: The Divine 9 and the College Experience, panel discussion and service activity; Campus Center 105, Bluffton Campus.
• 5 p.m. to midnight Feb. 27: Closing reception and Harlem Renaissance Freedom Ball; Campus Center 105, Bluffton Campus.