COLUMBUS, Miss. – In honor of Black History Month, Mississippi University for Women will host a series of events, including a professor’s book that has been featured in numerous national publications to the dedication of Pioneers Plaza, which honors The W’s rich history.
The celebration kicks off tonight, Thursday, Feb. 1 at 6, with a presentation by Dr. Ashley White, assistant professor of health education at The W. White will discuss “Black Bruthas Voices from the Margin: Race, Health, Poetry, and the Po-Po” on barriers to the use of health services among men ages 18-34 in Quitman County. White provides poetic voices to the many men she has interviewed and points to sustainable, culturally appropriate programs to increase African-American men’s engagement in the healthcare system. This program, hosted by the Ina E. Gordy Honors College, will be held in Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson Hall.
On Monday, Feb. 5, the Meet the Author Series will feature Alysia Burton Steele, assistant professor of The University of Mississippi Meek School of Journalism and New Media, at 5 p.m. in Fant Memorial Library. Steele’s book, “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom,” has been featured in numerous national publications, including The New York Times, Southern Living, National Public Radio and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Delta Jewels” is a collection of portraits and oral histories from female church elders, including civil rights activist Myrlie Evers, widow of NAACP leader Medgar Evers.
The morning of Thursday, Feb. 15, the W Leadership Program and Campus Recreation will host a Unity Walk at 11 a.m. at Cochran Patio.
Later in the evening, Cedric Sturdevant will discuss his long-time work with HIV-positive people in Jackson and throughout the state to gain access to the care they need and advocate for themselves and others at 6 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium. Currently with The Spot at the Jackson Medical Mall, Sturdevant has also worked with My Brother’s Keeper and was recently the focus of an in-depth New York Times article on the HIV epidemic in Southern states. This event is being hosted by the Gordy Honors College.
Another highlight of the month-long celebration will be the dedication of Pioneers Plaza Friday, Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m. A ribbon cutting will be held for this new campus space, which honors the history of MUW, including the first six African-American students who enrolled at The W in 1966. The rain location is the Claudia A. Limbert Assembly Room in Cochran Hall.
On the same evening of Feb. 23, there will be a Black Achievement Gala to recognize students, a faculty or staff member, a legacy recognition and an outstanding organization. Dr. Phillip Cockrell, vice president for student affairs at The University of Toledo, will be the guest speaker.
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Feb. 1, 2018