ECSU celebrates Black History Month 2010

ECSU celebrates Black History Month 2010

Kesha Williams
February 08, 2010


Elizabeth City State University celebrates Black History Month with the following public events:

February 3
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Room #138 of Johnson Hall-- a historical documentary, "February One." This acclaimed 2004 film chronicles the "Greensboro Four's" 1960 sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter. This bold move orchestrated by four, young, African-American college students helped to launch the civil rights movement into the mainstream conscience. The Greensboro movement was also instrumental in mobilizing young people to immerse themselves into the movement.

February 4
3:30- 4:45 p.m.
Room # 138 of Johnson Hall
A symposium entitled "African-American Secular Folk Music of the Nineteenth Century." This symposium will be presented by Mr. Wellington Gordon. Mr. Gordon is a professional jazz musician and visiting lecturer within ECSU's Music Department. Within this symposium , Mr. Gordon will provide a lecture and performance demonstration of the secular musical repertoire, which was cultivated by southern African-Americans from the mid 1800s to the early twentieth century.

February 5
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Room # 138 of the Jimmy R. Jenkins Science Center
Major African American Contributors in Mathematics, Science and Technology
Presiding: Dr. Edmond Koker
Panel members:
Dr. Anthony Emekalam, from Pharmacy Department and Health Professions
Dr. Benjamin Branch, from the Mathematics and Computer Science Department
Dr. Reginald Little, from the Chemistry and Physics Department
Mr. Ernst Wilson, from the Technology  Department

February 9
3:30- 5:30 p.m.
Room # 138 of Johnson Hall
screening of the film, "Spinning Into Butter." This 2007 film, provides a unique and surprising  examination of the complexities surrounding ethnic preconceptions and ethnic relations within a small, Vermont, college community.

February 10 - 11
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the ECSU Planetarium. Shows begin every 30 minutes but reservations are needed.

Explore the far reaching influences of African Americans throughout U.S. history and look at their contributions in government, business, education, labor, law, the arts, science and more. Examine slavery, the struggle for freedom, the role of African-Americans in the Civil War and the often overlooked influence of Africans on westward expansion.  The Planetarium, with additional seating, can accommodate as many as 70 students per show.  Groups may reserve show seats by contacting the planetarium at (252)335-3759. 

February 17
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Room #138 of Johnson Hall
A symposium presentation entitled, "The Effort to Educate: Rosenwald Schools in Northeastern North Carolina. This symposium, will examine and illustrate the emergence of Rosenwald schools in northeastern North Carolina from 1910 to circa 1933. Rosenwald schools, funded partially by Sears and Roebuck president, Julius Rosenwald,  were established as a means to fill in the deficient  expenditure gaps of early southern Black education .While most regions in the South received building  funding, North Carolina stands out as having received the most number of those grant-based schools. This symposium will be presented by Ms. Gregory Tyler, who is a curator and genealogist employed by Historic Hope Plantation in Windsor, N.C. .

February 24
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Room #138 Johnson Hall
A one-woman theatrical presentation entitled, "Up Among the Birds: The Life of Bessie Coleman, First African-American Woman Aviator". This re-enactment will be presented by Ms. Cynthia Brickey. Ms. Brickey is a retired U.S. military registered nurse, whose avocation is the research and  recreation of historical figures. Within the last seven to eight years, Ms. Brickey has written and performed  a number of one-act plays based upon the lives of historically significant figures such as Harriet Tubman, and Delaney Sisters .

February 25
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Room #138 of Johnson Hall
A screening of the film, "Carbon Copy."  This 1981 film, which stars Denzel Washington as the orphaned "long lost" African-American son of a successful Caucasian corporate executive, provides a lighthearted, yet informative illustration of ethnic stereotypes and entitlement in contemporary America.