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CU Celebrates Black History Month

1/27/2015

Cumberland University will celebrate African-American achievement during Black History month with a series of events themed “Growing Up Black In America”. The events are intended to educate and bring awareness of the Black experience in America.

Dr. Eric Motley, Executive Director of National Programs and Vice President of the Aspen Institute, will share his compelling life story in a speech entitled “An Odyssey of Gratitude and Grace” on February 3 at 6:30 pm in the June and Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center with a reception to follow in the Adams Art Gallery.

Dr. Fred Heifner, Cumberland University Professor of Anthropology, Philosophy, and Religion, will lead a discussion about Myles Horton: CU’s Forgotten Hero. Horton was an instrumental figure in the Civil Rights movement. Heifner’s discussion will take place February 10 in the Learning and Career Commons at 2:00 pm.

A guest panel of professionals will lead a discussion about Black Leadership in Tennessee and the Black experience from their own personal experiences. The panelist include:  Rachael Bell, Presiding Judge of the General Sessions Courts of Davidson County, Tennessee; Hattie Bryant. Lebanon Community Activist and one of the two people for whom the new elementary school (Winfrey-Bryant) was named; Gary Faulcon, Member of the Board of Pardons and Parole of the State of Tennessee; Dwight Lewis, former Opinion Editor Tennessean; Harold Love, Member of the House of Representatives of the Tennessee General Assembly and ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The discussion will take place February 17 at 6:30 pm in the June and Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center with a reception to follow in the Adams Art Gallery.

Financial support for the events was provided by the Charles and Elaine Bell Faculty Development and Student Engagement Grant, a fund established to support educational and enriching experiences for faculty and students of Cumberland University.

The events are being presented by the Cumberland University School of Humanities, Education and the Arts.

The events are free and the community is invited to attend.

For additional information please contact Dr. Fred Heifner, Cumberland University Professor of Anthropology, Philosophy, and Religion at fheifner@cumberland.edu or 615-547-1267.