WWU to Celebrate Black History Month

William Woods University will kick off its celebration of Black History Month on Monday, Feb. 13. Planned activities include videos, discussions and speeches, as well as a dramatic interpretation.

The first event is the showing of a video called “The Rosa Parks Story,” detailing the life and times of the black seamstress whose refusal to relinquish her seat to a white man on a city bus in Montgomery, Ala., almost 50 years ago helped touch off the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Parks was 92 when she died four months ago. The video of her life will be shown at 1 p.m. in the Library Auditorium, and will be followed by an open discussion.

Later on that same day, a memorial service will take place for Robin Hicks, former WWU director of cultural diversity. It will be held at 4 p.m. in Thurmond Chapel.

The memorial service will be followed by a dramatic interpretation of Martin Luther King’s, “I Have a Dream” speech. The presentation will be given by Candace Wright, a Fulton High School tenth grader.

On Monday, Feb. 27, Clyde Ruffin will speak on the subject of Black History month. Ruffin is a professor of fine arts at the University of Missouri, as well as a minister. He recently gave a reading at Martin Luther King Columbia Values Diversity Breakfast. His presentation will take place at noon in the Nielsen Room of Tucker Dining Hall.

For more information on Black History Month activities at William Woods, contact Cindi Elliott, WWU coordinator of multicultural affairs, at (573) 592-4358.