SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — In the tradition of Carter G. Woodson, who is credited with the first celebration of black history in 1926, Wittenberg’s Concerned Black Students (CBS) will host a panel discussion titled “Is There a Movement?” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Bayley Auditorium, Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center.
The first of several Black History Month events on the Wittenberg campus, the panel will address several important topics, including whether or not there is a need for such national organizations as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and campus organizations such as CBS in today’s world. According to CBS Historian Alicia Lewis of Milford, Ohio, class of 2008, many people both within and outside the black community argue that such organizations are obsolete because there is no longer a reason for black people to continue a movement.
“I argue that this is not the case,” Lewis said. “Black people are and should be moving in 2006, not solely for rights, but more so for respect in America. We should be moving for respect as valued American citizens.”
Students Manoach Lamarre, class of 2009, from Miami, Fla., Tia Carter, class of 2008, from Columbus, Ohio, and Nicole Bailey, class of 2008, from Cincinnati, Ohio, are scheduled to participate in the panel discussion. They will be joined by Associate Professor of English and Director of Africana Studies Carmiele Wilkerson and staff members Director of Multicultural Student Programs and Director of the Womyn’s Center Forest Wortham and Assistant Director of The Wittenberg Fund Apryl Walker as panelists. They will lead an in-depth discussion on a variety of provocative questions, including, “What is the purpose of such an organization in today’s world?” and “Should black Americans be working together for a common goal?”
The event is free and open to the public. A commemorative program for Coretta Scott King, who passed away earlier today, will precede the panel discussion.
- Phyllis Eberts
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