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Wake Forest hosts black history month events


February 2, 2007

Wake Forest University will hold several events, including films, lectures, readings and concerts, in recognition of Black History Month.  All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

Lecture: “Corn Shucking.”  Feb. 7, 3 p.m., Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  Anthony Parent, professor of history at Wake Forest, will discuss slave culture in the South and the traditions behind corn shucking. 

Film Screening and Panel Discussion:  “I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper:  Leadership and Civil Rights in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.”  Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall.  The documentary “I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper,” written and directed by Mary M. Dalton, tells the story of the students of Wake Forest College and Winston-Salem Teachers College who were arrested together at a lunch counter sit-in on Feb. 23, 1960. 

A panel discussion will follow the film screening featuring the 1960 sit-in participants and their mentors from Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University, including Ed Christman, retired Wake Forest chaplain; G. McLeod (Mac) Bryan, retired Wake Forest professor; Larry Womble, North Carolina state representative; Bill Stevens, a Wake Forest graduate and sit-in participant; and Dalton. 

Film Screening and Lecture:  “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.”  Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Pugh Auditorium.  “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till,” a documentary written and directed by Keith Beauchamp, is about Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black youth who was murdered in Mississippi by two white men for allegedly whistling at a white woman. 

The film, which tells the story of the Till family’s agony and reveals evidence surrounding the case, is credited for stirring the U.S. Justice Department to reopen the case 50 years after Till’s death.  Beauchamp is also credited for rekindling the nation’s consciousness of its racial history.

Lecture:  “Race in the South:  What the Civil Rights Movement Did and Did Not Accomplish,” Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall.  In conjunction with the film “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till,” Beauchamp will also give a lecture.

Concert:  Benefit Concert for Benin Children’s Center featuring Lisa Henry.  Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., Wait Chapel.  World-renowned jazz musician Lisa Henry will perform a benefit concert to help raise $25,000 for a children’s art and music center, the first of its kind, in Ouidah, Benin, West Africa.  The concert, coordinated by five Wake Forest students, is a community event designed to kick off the students’ fundraising efforts.  All proceeds from the concert will be used to purchase construction supplies. 

 Tickets are $15 general admission; $7 for students with ID.  Tickets are available through the Wake Forest University Benson Ticket office at (336) 758-4265 and at the door. 

Lecture:  “Simon Deng:  The Reality of Modern-Day Slavery.”  Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall.  Simon Deng is a former Sudanese slave and an activist for ending genocide and slavery in Sudan.  As a child, Deng was abducted from his village and forced to serve as a slave in northern Sudan.  He escaped after two years and became a messenger in the Sudanese Parliament.  Now a U.S. citizen, he speaks around the country as an associate of the American Anti-Slavery Group.

Lecture: “Social Stratification of the American Deep South.” Feb. 27, 3 p.m., Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Room 204.  Wake Forest sociology professors Angela Hattery and Earl Smith will discuss their sociology course and bus trip through the deep South with Wake Forest students during the summers of 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Lecture:  “The Attica Uprising of 1971:  From Civil Rights Dreams to Prison Policy Nightmares.”  Feb. 28, 4 p.m., Greene Hall, Room 145.  Heather Ann Thompson, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will give a public lecture commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising of 1971, a four-day rebellion that ended with 39 participants shot to death.  Thompson is the author of a forthcoming book on the uprising and will speak on the legacies of the Attica showdown from civil rights to criminal justice to the politics of law and order. 

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237


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