Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, JCSU will present various programs and activities in academic, administrative and student life departments across the campus. There is no admission for these events which are open to the campus community and the public unless stated otherwise.

February 6, 2014

McCrorey Hall, Room 205
4 to 5:30 p.m.

Film Screening and Discussion

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

Follow up discussion led by members of the Political Science Association (PSA)

Kobina Aidoo, who filmed the one-hour documentary "The Neo-African Americans," asked 13 people to describe themselves and got 13 different answers. Why is the name so important? Is it because of the tension between the American-born blacks whose ancestors were slaves, and the new immigrants who speak English with accents? In Aidoo's film, the participants describe the relationship between the immigrant and native-born groups as "strained," "conflicted," and "contentious." There is "resentment" against the "newcomers to this country" who distance themselves from the black community and consider themselves better, i.e. "not that black." Meanwhile it's been proven that immigrants are more likely to get the good job and be admitted to college. Aidoo interviews Princeton's Douglas Massey, who notes that - of the 12 percent of blacks admitted to colleges he surveyed - an unusual percentage, 25 percent, were immigrants. That is out of proportion to the population, and for the selective Ivies, the percentage was even higher, 40 percent. American blacks point out that they have always lived in a country where they were the minority and had to fight for their rights, whereas African or Caribbean blacks had the opposite experience. In this documentary, the immigrants sometimes agree. "Folks need to change their attitudes," said one immigrant, suggesting that those who come from another country don't understand how American blacks have "made sacrifices that make our lives more comfortable.”

This program is presented by the Political Science Program

Dr. Terza S. Lima-Neves

February 10, 2014

McCrorey Hall, Room 208
4 to 5:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion

The Politics of Business: How to Prepare for the Corporate World

Three members of the community, including a JCSU alumna, are invited to share their experiences as business professionals. The politics of creating and maintaining professionals networks as well as building community businesses are explored in order to introduce to our students the notion that politics is found in every aspect of our society. Political science students have asked the program faculty to invite to our campus diverse speakers from a wide range of professional fields. Students explained that this would help them decide what field to pursue upon graduating from JCSU. Many students of political science go on to the corporate world and utilize their skills to succeed. The three invited panelists will give all of our students, not just those in political science, insight into the business world and how to be successful. 



  • Mr. Rickey Hart: Vice President and Co-Founder, NDR Energy Group
  • Mr. Joe Drew-Hundley: Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of the non-profit organization GivenGo
  • Ms. Pansy Steele: Director of Kiddie Academy of Arrowood and JCSU alumna

This program is presented by the Political Science Program

Dr. Terza S. Lima-Neves

Black History Month Keynote Address

February 13, 2014

Grimes Lounge
4 to 6 p.m.

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

Dr. Keith JennngsDr. Keith Jennings, Regional Director of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) 

This University and community event will commemorate the legacy of the civil rights movement and the continued struggle to actualize human rights and democracy in America.

Dr. Keith Jennings is a senior associate and the regional director for Southern and East Africa for the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Over the past 15 years, he has represented NDI in 30 countries, working on a range of governance, civil society, political party and elections programs. He is a democratic development and human rights specialist. Dr. Jennings has been an adjunct professor at American University, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse School of Medicine teaching courses on U.S. foreign policy, world politics, comparative politics, health and human rights. Dr. Jennings is the author of numerous popular and scholarly articles on a range of human rights and democratic development subjects. He has also been a frequent media commentator on foreign affairs.


This program is presented by the Political Science Program

Dr. Tonya M. Williams

Inaugural Robert F. Williams Lecture

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.

February 17, 2014

Grimes Lounge
4 to 6 p.m.

Film Screening and Lecture

“Negros with Guns: Robert Williams and Black Power”

The first African American civil rights leader to advocate armed resistance to racial oppression and violence, Robert F. Williams was born on February 26, 1925 in Monroe, North Carolina. The fourth of five children born to Emma Carter Williams and John Williams, Williams quickly learned to navigate the dangers of being black in the Deep South. The Ku Klux Klan was a powerful and feared force in Monroe, and the community where Williams grew up experienced regular brutalization at the hands of whites.


SPEAKER: Dr. Timothy Tyson, Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture, Duke University. Dr. Tyson is the author of the definitive book on the life of Robert F. Williams entitled Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power.


This program is presented by the Political Science Program

Dr. Tonya M. Williams

Other Programs, Projects and Activities

“HBC-ME” being “HBC-Media Education and Celebrating HBCU Legacies”

Playlists of JCSU students across majors walking through a journey of self-branding and critical thinking. The project explores the importance of telling your own story, branding yourself and articulating your own purpose instead of having your story told by others in text or in the media.

This project is presented by the Communication Arts Department

Dr. Laurie Porter