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JCSU Plans Programs for Black History Month

Charlotte, N.C. (Feb. 4, 2014) – In celebration of Black History Month, JCSU is will present a lecture and discussion series across academic, social and political boundaries. The following events are free and open to the community:

Event: Film screening and discussion led by the JCSU Political Science Association

Date: Feb. 6, 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. in McCrorey Hall, Room 205 

Topic: The Neo-African-Americans: How Rapid, Voluntary Immigration from Africa and the Caribbean is Transforming the "African-American" Narrative


Event: The Politics of Business: How to Prepare for the Corporate World, a panel discussion with community members who will share their experiences as business professionals.

Date: Feb. 10, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., McCrorey Hall, Room 208


Rickey Hart,  vice president and co-founder, NDR Energy Group

Joe Drew-Hundley, co-founder and senior vice president of the non-profit organization GivenGo

Pansy Steele, director of Kiddie Academy of Arrowood and JCSU alumna


Event: Black History Month Keynote Address

Date: Feb. 13, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mary Taylor Crisp Student Union

Topic: African Americans and the Struggle for Human Rights in the 21st Century

by Dr. Keith Jennings, regional director of the National Democratic Institute (NDI)


Event: Film screening of “Negros with Guns: Robert Williams and Black Power,” and lecture by Dr. Timothy Tyson, visiting professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture, Duke University; author of  “Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power.”

Date: Feb. 17, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mary Taylor Crisp Student Union

Topic: Robert F. Williams was a civil rights activist and student at Johnson C. Smith University. This lecture series is devoted to examining the social movement activism of young people of color in the South.

About Johnson C. Smith University

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 22 fields of study to more than 1,300 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook , TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.


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