Events to Celebrate Black History Month at WWU during February

Black History Month is an important tradition at William Woods University, as evidenced by the many activities planned.

A poetry reading and discussion of the Sun Poem, open to WWU students, will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 6 and 7). The poem, created by Sara Ting, encourages the listener to think about equality and diversity.

Dr. Bryan Carter will give a presentation titled “Real Life vs. Second Life” at 4 p.m. Feb. 13. He will discuss his model of a virtual world of Harlem, N.Y., in 1920. His virtual reality is one of the first created for use in the humanities, and certainly one of the first to be used in an African-American literature course. The presentation will be in room 006 of the Burton Business and Economics Building.

A presentation of the movie “Something New” will address reverse discrimination and the power of love. A brief discussion about discrimination and possible solutions will follow. The movie will be shown at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Library Auditorium.

“Readings for the Soul,” a poetry reading giving participants the opportunity to hear great poems read and discussed, will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 20 in Aldridge Lounge.

“Emmett Till,” a documentary, will be shown at 4:30 Feb. 21 in the Library Auditorium. It describes the horrific death of 14-year-old Emmett Till. A discussion of the impact of African-American murder on society will follow.

A concert celebrating Black History Month will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Titled “I Sing Because I’m Free,” the concert will present a sample of African-American culture through the lyrics of spirituals and religious music. The concert will be performed by choirs from Lincoln University, Columbia and Fulton.

Other events are being planned and will be announced later. All events, except the poetry reading, are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tammy Carter at (573) 592-4358 or