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College Plans Month-long Black History Observance

Programming Featurs Weekly 'Lunch & Learn' Sessions

February 1, 2013

Wilmington College will celebrate African-American history and contributions to American society with Black History Month events planned throughout the month of February.

Each Tuesday will feature a “Lunch & Learn” program, from noon to 1 p.m., in Pyle Center Dining Room D. Those wishing to attend any of the lunchtime activities are able to purchase their lunch in the Student Dining Hall.

Featured will be Simone Bess on Feb 5, 1990 alumnus Mark Dodley on Feb. 12, an open Forum with the Black Student Initiative group on Feb. 19, and a program highlighting 1950 alumnus Urcelle Carter Willis on Feb. 26.

Each of these African-American individuals will share their personal struggles and triumphs.

Throughout the entire month, visitors to the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center will have an opportunity to learn about abolitionist Frederick Douglass in a gallery exhibit open weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by special appointment. The opening reception, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m., will feature local historian Gary Kersey speaking on French-born Quaker abolitionist Anthony Benezet.

Other Black History Month events include a viewing of the film Crash followed by a panel discussion Thursday (Feb. 7), from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the McCoy Room of Kelly Center.

The next day (Feb. 8), fourth grade students from Wilmington Schools will spend a half-day on campus visiting the Douglass exhibit, as well as learning about the Quaker Heritage Center, T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse and other entities on campus. A Lincoln impersonator will share insight into the mid-19th century abolitionist, author and orator.

Black History Month will continue Feb. 13 when comedian Leah McBride performs, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the McCoy Room. Also, on Feb. 20, a panel of guests will delve into the affirmative action debate, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the McCoy Room.

Always a favorite, WC students will put on the annual African Village, a performance of music and dance with a distinctly African flavor and, speaking of flavor, food also will be on tap during this 7:30 p.m. program in the Top of Pyle.

The month will culminate Feb. 28 with the Issues & Artists Series presentation by Touch, a musical group that performs the best of Motown’s hit music, at 7:30 p.m., in Heiland Theatre.

All events are free of charge.