Carolina celebrates Black History Month

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host several events, including film screenings, lectures and a concert, throughout the month of February as the campus celebrates Black History Month.

Among the events:

Louise Toppin

Louise Toppin

  • Louise Toppin, a soprano and a Carolina music professor, will be joined by the Black Student Movement Gospel Choir for “Lift Every Voice: African-American Music and Culture” at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Friday Center.
  • The Black Student Movement will host Renee Alexander Craft, an assistant professor of communication, for a lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 in Upendo in SASB North.
  • Philosopher and activist Cornell West will give the talk “Bridging the Gap” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Memorial Hall.

See a full list of UNC’s Black History Month activities.

Renee Alexander Craft

Renee Alexander Craft

Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in Washington, D.C., announces the theme for Black History Month. This year’s theme is Civil Rights in America to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

On Feb. 5, “The Greensboro Four” were honored guests at Carolina’s 2014 African American History Month Lecture with civil rights scholar Hasan Kwame Jeffries. Chancellor Carol L. Folt welcomed “The Greensboro Four” – Jibreel Khazan (formerly Ezell Blair Jr.), Joseph McNeil, and descendants of the late Franklin McCain and late David Richmond.

The four were students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University on February 1, 1960, when they sat down at the segregated lunch counter inside the Greensboro, N.C., Woolworth store. The peaceful protest grew to more than 300 on its fourth day, and was part of a movement in other Southern states.

Read Chancellor Carol L. Folt’s email to the Carolina community about National African American History Month. 

Published February 6, 2014