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Kent Trumbull announces Black History Month events

Posted Jan. 23, 2013

Celebrating Black History Month 

Kent State University at Trumbull is committed to educating those who live within Northeastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and beyond. During the month of February, our campus is committed to celebrating and educating everyone about Black History Month.

A variety of speakers will be coming to our campus to talk about a number of topics ranging from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Frederick and Harriet Loudin, a 19th Century African-American "power couple" from nearby Ravenna.

Following is the list of events planned for Black History Month.

Frederick and Harriet Loudin: A 19th Century African-American Power Couple
Thursday, Feb.14, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Lower Commons of the Classroom/Administration Building

Ravenna native Frederick Loudin (1836-1904) was recruited into the already famous Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1874, “quickly [becoming] one of the . . . most important soloists. Throughout his career Loudin used the jubilee platform to make public statements on the issue of civil rights. He was, in retrospect, the most politically outspoken black entertainer of the nineteenth century. . .” Loudin became director of the Singers, taking them on a six-year world tour. Professor Christina McVay of Kent State University's  Department of Pan-African Studies is also working on the 1878 diary of Loudin’s wife Harriet, as well as several of their letters from the world tour. McVay has been researching this couple, both of whom were outspoken advocates of racial equality, since 1999.  The Loudins attended the first Pan-African Conference in 1900 in London, and on various occasions worked with the likes of Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells and W.E.B. DuBois.
Mercer Cook and Léopold Sédar Senghor: Two Major Pan-African Diplomats and Literarians
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Lower Commons of the Classroom/Administration Building

Dr. Babacar M’Baye, an Associate Professor at Kent State University will give a lecture about the relationships between two major Black leaders and intellectuals of the twentieth century. Mercer Cook was an African American Ambassador of the United States to the Gambia, Sénégal, and Niger in the mid-1960s. Senghor was the first President of the Republic of Sénégal and a co-founder of the Négritude Movement (which was an offspring of the Harlem Renaissance Movement).

A Blood Drive—How is that linked to Black History Month?
Tuesday, Feb. 19 and Wednesday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Did you know…that 98% of patients with sickle cell disease are African-American? Did you know……. that an African-American Physician, Dr. Charles Drew, is recognized as a leading authority  on blood collection and plasma processing. LifeShare will be coordinating these blood drives in the Classroom/Administration Building at Kent State University at Trumbull. DONATE NOW. SAVE A LIFE.
Martin Luther King Jr.: The Revolutionary
Monday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lower Commons of the Classroom/Administration Building

Dr. George Garrison  is a tenured professor at Kent State University and will lecture on Martin Luther King, Jr. Most Americans are familiar with Martin Luther King, Jr. the reformer. Most in this country are oblivious of the fact that he lived another five years after the I have a Dream Speech” and his ideas, convictions, goals, and philosophy evolved into those expressed in 1967 in the “Time to Break the Silence Speech” which he gave in New York, at Riverside Baptist Church. The later King is revolutionary in his perspective," and this development in his thoughts and actions will be discussed in this lecture
Explore the Library at Kent State at Trumbull
Resources will be available throughout the whole month of February

Stop by the Kent State at Trumbull Library located in the Library/Theatre Building to view resources and information connected to Black History Month and topics are speakers will be discussing.