ECSU celebrates Black History Month

Kesha Williams
February 20, 2012


In celebration of Black History Month, Elizabeth City State University offers the following public events:

Keynote Address -Dr. Leonard Slade

6 p.m. on February 22,
Location:  #138 Johnson Hall
Details: An alumnus (1963) and a former commencement speaker (2004), Dr. Leonard Slade will present a keynote address entitled: "A Critical Response to Selected Poems by Langston Hughes, Claude McKay and James Weldon Johnson."

Currently, Dr. Slade is a professor at the University of Albany, State University of New York and a published poet.  Dr. Slade earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. His  specialty areas include Black Literature, Poetry, Creative Writing, 19th Century American Literature (Herman Melville), English Composition and Rhetoric, The Black Essay, English Education, Textual Editing, American Literary Bibliography Research areas: Black American Poetry, George Moses Horton (First Black Poet of the South).

African American History Month at the Planetarium

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on February 21-23, 
Location: ECSU Planetarium
Details: In celebration of African American History Month, the ECSU Planetarium will host a three day event on February 21-23, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. each day.   Educational programming provided will include brief biographies of prominent and historic African American leaders, and video documentaries about the saga of slavery, the history of Underground Railroad and the Civil Rights Movement, African Contributions to American History, and more.  

Lecture - Gil Scott-Heron and The Last Poets

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  on February 21, 
Location:  Mary Albritton Douglas Auditorium (Rm. 206), Walter N. and Henrietta B. Ridley Student Center
Details:  Dr. Douglass Jackson, Department of Music will present a lecture entitled:  Gil Scott-Heron and The Last Poets:  How spoken word artists influenced Rap and Hip Hop. The event will be held during Alpha week will be sponsored by the Beta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  

African American Read-In

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on February 22
Location: G. R. Little Library
Details: On February 22nd, the G. R. Little Library and the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication will host an African American Read-in.  Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are invited to come and read some of their favorite works by African Americans.  Many books will be on display for readers to choose from if they don't have something in mind already.

There will also be a hands-on exhibit of beautiful vintage issues from the ECSU Archives of the periodical, The Crisis.  Founded by W. E. B. Du Bois in 1910, The Crisis is the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  The original title of the journal was The Crisis: A Record of The Darker Races.

In addition to copies of The Crisis we will have some of the books from the library's historic Moore Collection which consists of important works by and about African Americans.

The G. R. Little Media Department will present several short documentaries about, along with many images of, and a few sound recordings of African American writers between readings.

Black History Month Poetry Slam

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.  on February 28
Location: Stage Area of the Walter N. and Henrietta B. Ridley Student Complex.
Details: Current ECSU students will perform original poetry in honor of Black History Months. Tentative performers include: Camille McGowan, , Isconia (Ice) Harper, Wesley Keys (Urban Heroes Coach in Chicago, IL), Von (Da Wizard) Bellows, Nequine (Neko) Sheffield, Tacora Woods, George Felton, Tamika Wood, Shalisa Spence, Aaron Bass, Priscilla Azaglo, Ashley Hamilton, Andireka Ore, Jaron Riddick, John (JayTee) Tucker, Courtney Jefferies,+ and Theodore (Teddy) Warren.

For a full calendar of Black History Month events, please see the University calendar. For more information on this list of events, contact Dr. Hilary Green, 252-335-3602.