Throughout the months of February and March, CCSU will hold a series of lectures to celebrate black history month.
Kicking off the events is the Feb. 3 lecture entitled “Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans and the Myth of Racial Justice.” Donna McDaniel will present the material at 4:30 p.m. in the Marcus White Living Room.
The highlight of the series takes place Feb. 10 when Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles visits CCSU to talk about his time spent with Martin Luther King Jr. Kyles is the only person to have witnessed the assassination of Dr. King, as he was with him the moment it happened. The program, entitled “The Witness: Dr. King and the Movement and My Friendship,” is set for 3 p.m. in Torp Theatre.
The series continues on Feb. 17 with a presentation on “Being Black in America: How Black Americans Learn about Blackness and How It Matters” by Dr. Shayla Nunnally of the University of Connecticut Department of Political Science. The lecture will begin at 12:15 p.m. in Founder’s Hall 105.
On Feb. 24 Vibert White, Associate Professor of History at the University of Central Florida, will come to campus to give a presentation on “Queen Mother Laura Adorkar Kofi: Matriarch of African-American Black Nationalism and Revolutionary Theology” at 4:30 p.m. in Vance Lecture Hall 105.
Dr. Renee T. White, of the Department of Sociology and Black Studies at Fairfield University, will give a presentation on a soon-to-be announced subject at 2 p.m. in Founder’s Hall 105.
Finally, “From Bishop Richard Allen to Rev. Jeremiah Wright: The Significance of the Black Church in America” will be presented by Dr. Felton O. Best, CSU Professor of Philosophy and Director of African American Studies at 5 p.m. in Marcus White Living Room.
The lectures are co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Department of Political Science and the Peace Studies Programs.