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Oakwood University Celebrates Black History with Month-long Programming

Tuesday, January 28 2014 09:15

Oakwood University (OU) has planned an entire month ofactivity for the observance of Black History Month. Themed “Living the Dream… A Celebration of MLK’s Vision for America,” OU administration will focus on how far we have come since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for civil equality and how it relates to us in 2014.
 
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"The administration, faculty and staff of Oakwood University is committed to helping people understand how important it is torecognize African American history and how it has helped to shape our culture in America," said Timothy McDonald, Ed.D., provost and senior vice president of Oakwood University and chair of the OU Black History Program Committee. “We are proud to be a part of history ourselves here in Huntsville, being an institution that was originally created to educate freed Blacks in the South,” he said.
 
The Black History Program Committee has been planning for months activities they thought would not only educate the students but alsoserve as a way to bring the campus together for other means of fellowship. “Our events are planned to create a memorable and unforgettable experience here on the campus,” said Raymond King, director of student activities.
 
 
Summary of activities for Black History Month
 
Activity: Reflections in Black Exhibit
Date: Monday, February 3, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Blake Center
Description: Reflections in Black is a traveling exhibit that focuses on the accomplishments from many African-American professionals. It includes a history of the organization, details of programs and contacts. OU students will learn about the inventors of the ironing board, street light, Super Soaker water gun, and much more.
 
Activity: Black History Kick-off
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Blake Center, Student Dining Hall
Description: Join OU students as their knowledge is tested on Black History during a trivia-based program.
 
Activity: Frank Hale Jr. Chapel
Date: Thursday, February 6, 9:50 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Location: Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church
Description: Guest speaker: Elwood Gordon Gee is an American academic and has been the chief executive of a number of universities in the United States, most recently Ohio State University.
 
Activity: Seventh-day Adventist Academy Choirs guest music
Date: Saturday, February 8, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church
Description: The Oakwood University Church will host its worship service for the entire campus with guest music by three visiting Seventh-day Adventist academies.
 
Activity: African Day
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Student Dining Hall, Blake Center
Description: OU students will learn about the history of African drums and how they were used to tell stories. Staff from the dining hall will also serve tasty, African dishes.
 
Activity: Campus-wide Worship
Date: Thursday, February 13, 9:50-11:00 a.m.
Location: Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church
Description: Students from the Oakwood Adventist Elementary School present A Montage of Monologues and Scenes.
 
Activity: History Department Presentation
Date: Thursday, February 13, 6:00 p.m.
Location: McKee Business and Technology Auditorium
Description: Noted civil rights activist and longtime Huntsville physician, Dr. Sonnie Hereford III recounts role in civil rights efforts in Huntsville.
 
Activity: Cajun/Creole Day Celebration
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Student Dining Hall, Blake Center
Description: Join the OU students as they experience food and festivities from Haiti.
 
Activity: Campus-wide Worship
Date: Thursday, February 20, 9:50
Location: Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church
Description: A drama presentation that is going to show the impact of education on Blacks from Africa to present time.
 
Activity: Alabama A&M Choir Concert
Date: Saturday, February 22, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church
Description: The Oakwood University Church will host its worship service for the entire campus with guest music by Alabama A&M Choir.
 
Activity: Festival of the Spirituals
Date: Sunday, February 23, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
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Location: Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church
Description: This event dates back to the 1970s while Dr. Richard Arrington served as Director of the Alabama Center for Higher Education (ACHE). Annually, Alabama HBCU Choirs assembled in Birmingham or on one of the campus to celebrate Black History Month. Oakwood University hosted this event in 1996, and has hosted this event biannually since 2002, on the last Sunday of February.  
 
Activity: Caribbean Day
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Student Dining Hall, Blake Center
Description: Join the OU students as they experience food and festivities from all areas of the Caribbean including a steel drum band.
 
Activity: Campus-wide Worship
Date: Thursday, February 27, 9:50-11:00 a.m.
Location: Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church
Description: Guest speaker: Dr. Helen McAlpine, president of J.F. Drake State Technical College
 

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Oakwood University, located in Huntsville, Ala., is a historically Black Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher learning. Weprovide quality Christian education that emphasizes academic excellence; promotes harmonious development of mind, body, and spirit; and prepares leaders in service for God and humanity.