Black History Month honors Emancipation Proclamation’s 150th anniversary
The Citadel will celebrate Black History Month in February with “From Emancipation to Inauguration and Beyond,” a look at black history in the years following the Civil War to the election of the first African American U.S. president. All events are free and open to the public.
In addition to the ever popular Black History Bazaar, the month’s events feature the return of the Quiz Bowl for area students and a viewing and discussion of the PBS documentary “Slavery By Another Name,” which is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning book of the same name that chronicles the re-enslavement of black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. The keynote address will feature two of the women featured in the documentary.
The Citadel will serve as the host for the Mu Alpha chapter of Omega Psi Phi’s Annual Black History Quiz Bowl. Students from local elementary, middle and high school teams will test their Black History knowledge in a quest for the title of Black History Month Bowl Champions
“As we celebrate Black History Month we will reflect on the historical signing of the emancipation proclamation and discuss the struggle, the perseverance, and the hope that has allowed us to witness the second inauguration of President Barack H. Obama, our nation’s first African American president.”
Schedule of Events
Annual Black History Month Bazaar
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall.
The bazaar features music, exhibits and food and attracts visitors to campus from all across the Lowcountry. Music will be performed by the “Urban Roots” band and there will be exhibits by the Tut-Tut Kemetic Group and the Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels. The Center for Heirs Property Preservation will present an informative seminar to answer questions about heir’s property. The centers mission is serving, supporting and empowering heirs' property owners and their communities. For reservations, and more information contact them at (843) 745-7055.
PBS Documentary “Slavery by Another Name”
6:15 p.m., Copeland Auditorium, Grimsley Hall
Based on the research of author Douglas Blackmon, this “documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.” The documentary will be topic for the discussion at the regular meeting of the African American Society on Wednesday, 6 February in the Greater Issues Room of Mark Clark Hall.
Black History Quiz Bowl
9:30 a.m. Copeland Auditorium, Grimsley Hall
The Citadel will host the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Annual Black History Quiz Bowl. Local elementary, middle and high school teams will test their Black History knowledge and compete for the annual award and recognition as the Black History Quiz Bowl Champions.
Keynote Speakers – Mrs. Tonya Groomes & Susan Burnore
6:30 p.m., Copeland Auditorium, Grimsley Hall
Susan Burnore and Tonya Groomes, who were featured in the PBS documentary “Slavery by Another Name,” will discuss how their family history as descendants of slaves and slave owners has affected them. Burnore’s great, great grandfather John S. Williams was a slave owner who is believed to be the only white man convicted of murdering 11 slaves. Groomes is a descendent of a slave that Williams once owned.