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Black History Month 2020

Feb. 12, Lincoln Homestead Ceremony and Open House. Ceremony 2-3 p.m. and Open House 3-6 p.m., 7884 Harpine Highway, Linville, VA 22834. Rides leave University Commons at 1:30 p.m.

Visit the homestead of relatives of Abraham Lincoln to learn about and remember the slaves of this homestead. The new owners of the homestead said: "We've committed ourselves to learn not only about the Lincolns, but about all those who lived and died on this land. And we welcome the community to join us in wrestling with these questions and finding transformative ways to respond." (quote taken from The Citizen).

Feb. 13,  Soul Food Night, 5:15-7 p.m. EMU cafeteria. Join Multicultural Student Services and the Black Student Alliance for an evening of great food and music.

Feb. 13,  African American Read-In and Poetry Slam, 7 p.m., Black Box Theater. Join the Black Student Union, Multicultural Student Services and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as we host On the Road Collaborative for an evening of African American literature, poetry and song.  Come and share your original, favorite works or just sit back and enjoy the talents of others.

Feb. 20,  Town Hall on Race, 7-8:30 p.m., Common Grounds. Join BSA as we talk about "How to Talk about Race." We will talk about systemic racism and colorism in our communities as well as how to have conversations on race and articulate the reality of racism in America. The typical format of a town hall includes small group discussions, question and answer, and a presentation on the topic.

Feb. 23, Church Service with Cornell Brooks, 1:30 pm, Mainstage Theater, EMU. Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and BSA will collaborate for a Sunday church service.  Reverend Cornell Brooks with be preaching. 

Feb. 24, Convocation, 10:10 am, Lehman Chapel. Our theme is Sankofa which reminds us that in order to move forward in the fight for racial justice, we must understand our past. Join BSA and Cornell Brooks.

More on Cornell W. Brooks

Cornell William Brooks is Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School.  He is also Director of The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at the School’s Center for Public Leadership, and Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership at Harvard Divinity School. Brooks is the former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a civil rights attorney, and an ordained minister

Brooks was most recently visiting professor of social ethics, law, and justice movements at Boston University’s School of Law and School of Theology. He was a visiting fellow and director of the Campaign and Advocacy Program at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics in 2017. Brooks served as the 18th president of the NAACP from 2014 to 2017. Under his leadership, the NAACP secured 12 significant legal victories, including laying the groundwork for the first statewide legal challenge to prison-based gerrymandering. He also reinvigorated the activist social justice heritage of the NAACP, dramatically increasing membership, particularly online and among millennials. Among the many demonstrations from Ferguson to Flint during his tenure, he conceived and led “America’s Journey for Justice” march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C., over 40 days and 1000 miles. 

Prior to leading the NAACP, Brooks was president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, where he led the passage of pioneering criminal justice reform and housing legislation, six bills in less than five years. He also served as senior counsel and acting director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities at the Federal Communications Commission, executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington, and a trial attorney at both the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the U.S. Department of Justice. Brooks served as judicial clerk for the Chief Judge Sam J. Ervin, III, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Brooks holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and member of the Yale Law and Policy Review, and a Master of Divinity from Boston University’s School of Theology, where he was a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar. Brooks has a B.A. from Jackson State University. He is the recipient of several honorary doctorates including: Boston University, Drexel University, Saint Peter’s University and Payne Theological Seminary as well as the highest alumni awards from Boston University and Boston University School of Theology. Brooks is a fourth-generation ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.


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