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Citadel News Service
13 Jan 2016

Celebrating Black History Month 2016 at The Citadel

MLK Week of Service, nationally recognized authors and more

Krause Center and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week of Service

Saturday, Jan. 16 – Friday, Jan. 22

Cadets and students will make a difference in the Lowcountry by volunteering for a special week of service dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.mlk week of service

Sponsored by The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, MLK Week of Service 2016 will be held from Saturday, Jan. 16 to Friday, Jan. 22. Cadets and students will branch out across the community to volunteer at several events and locations including a Trident Tech STEM event on Saturday, Jan. 16, the MLK Parade on Monday, Jan. 18, and at the Lowcountry Food Bank on Tuesday, Jan. 19, among others. All year long cadets and students from The Citadel learn to lead by serving others; volunteering is an important part of their four year leadership development.

Black History Month Bazaar

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6

Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

Free and open to the public

The annual bazaar features music, food and exhibits and attracts visitors to campus from across the Lowcountry. The feature for 2016 will be the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi High School Quiz Bowl final round. Charleston’s own reggae band, Urban Roots will perform for attendees and the Tut-Tut Kemetic Group will host a special exhibit. The Center for Heirs Property will host an informative seminar to educate heirs on the rights, risks and responsibilities of owning heirs’ property.

The Zucker Family School of Education celebrates Black History Month with Authors in Schools Initiative

Monday, Feb. 8 – Mitchell Elementary School

Tuesday, Feb. 9 – Sanders-Clyde Elementary School

Wednesday, Feb. 10 – Goodwin Elementary School

Tuesday, Feb. 16 – Burke High School

Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Simmons-Pinckney Middle School

Thursday, Feb 18 – Sanders-Clyde Elementary School

As part of its literacy initiative, The Zucker Family School of Education, will sponsor two events for its Authors in Schools Initiative in celebration of Black History Month.

Floyd Cooper, nationally recognized illustrator of numerous children's books, will present sessions for students at Mitchell Elementary School, Sanders-Clyde Elementary School floyd cooperand Goodwin Elementary School on Feb. 8, 9 and 10, respectively. Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land.

Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. In 1984, he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books, and he now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.

Sharon Draper, 1997 National Teacher of The Year, will present sessions to the students at Burke High School, Simmons-Pinckney Middle School and Sanders-Clyde Elementary School on Feb. 16, 17 and 18, respectively. Draper is a six-time Coretta Scott King Award recipient and is the sharon draperauthor of numerous books which are recognized by the American Library Association and the International Literacy Association.

Draper, a native of Ohio, is a graduate of Pepperdine University. She is an active participant of the YWCA of Cincinnati, Ohio and a member of the National Council of Teachers of English. She currently lives in Cincinnati with her husband and daughter.

Discussion with Angela W. Williams on her book: Hush Now, Baby

6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Copeland Auditorium, Grimsley Hall

Free and open to the publicangela williams

Former director of The Citadel’s Academic Support Center and life-long resident of the Lowcountry, Angela W. Williams, will discuss her book Hush Now, Baby.

Hush Now, Baby is a memoir of Williams’s life, at the center of which is her relationship with Eva Aiken, the black woman who raised her and taught her about life and love. Through her personal experiences, Williams shares a story of the South, family and race relations in the 1950s and 60s.

Williams is a graduate of Queens College, where she began writing about her relationship with Aiken. After graduate school at Duke University, she taught English from California to Maryland finally landing at The Citadel for 20 years, calling on Aiken’s wisdom for guidance in her career path.

Friends of the Daniel Library present Requiem for Rice

Dialogue in Charleston: The Experiences of Living and Working on a Rice Plantation

Jonathan Green, Introduction

Dr. Edda Fields-Black, The Social Networks of Rice in West Africa

Dr. Richard Porcher, Jr., Rice in the Big Rivers - Life on an Islandrenee jefferson

Moderator: Dr. Renee Jefferson, assistant professor and associate dean, Zucker Family School of Education

6:45 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Bond Hall 165

Free and open to the public

*The event will be live-streamed in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon Universityjonathan green

Join the Friends of the Daniel Library, Carnegie Mellon University, and Lowcountry Rice Culture Project for a historical evening featuring a Requiem for Rice dialogue with international Gullah artist, Jonathan Green, associate history professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Edda Fields-Black, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Richard Porcher, Ph.D. and moderator, associate professor and assistant dean for assessment and continuing improvement at The Citadel, Renée N. Jefferson, Ph.D.

Green, was born and raised in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Green is considered one of our nation’s most outstanding African-American artists and highly recognized visual master for capturing Southern culture and traditions. His high level of
social interest and cultural commitments, and exhibitions have brought him international recognition through his travels throughout the United edda fields-blackStates, Canada, Mexico the West Indies, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Japan.

Fields-Black is a specialist in early and pre-colonial African history. Her first monograph, Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora uses a blend of interdisciplinary sources and methods to chronicle the development of tidal rice-growing technology by the inhabitants of the West African Rice Coast region, the region where the majority of captives disembarking in South Carolina and Georgia originated.

Fields-Black is a consultant for “The Power of Place: The Rice Fields of the Lowcountry” permanent exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the International African American Museum in richard porcherCharleston, and the “From Slavery to Freedom” permanent exhibition for the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Porcher is a scholar, educator, and widely-known conservationist.  His distinguished teaching career at The Citadel integrated field biology into the curriculum. Porcher is the author of several definitive books on South Carolina botanical and cultural resources. He has dedicated the proceeds from his books to student scholarships. Porcher also employs his experience and knowledge as a conservationist to influence regional environmental policies. He was the recipient of the 2007 South Carolina Environmentalist of the Year Award, and has mentored many prominent southeastern naturalists.

For more information on this event, please contact Pamela Orme at (843) 953-5129.

Black History Quiz Bowl

9:30 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Copeland Auditorium, Grimsley Hall

Free and open to the public

The Citadel is proud to host the Annual Black History Quiz Bowl, presented by the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi. Local elementary and middle school teams will test their Black History knowledge and compete for the annual award and recognition as the Black History Quiz Bowl Champions.

Discussion with Dr. Marcus Cox on the contributions to African American history by those who served in domestic roles

6:30 p.m. (date and time may change - check back for updated information)

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Greater Issues Room, Mark Clark Hall

Marcus S. Cox, Ph.D. is a professor of history, associate dean at The Citadel Graduate College and former director of the Evening Undergraduate Studies program.marcus cox

Cox specializes in African American civil-military history and is the author of over a dozen articles and reviews on the history of black higher education and military training programs at black colleges and universities. He is also the author of Segregated Soldiers: Military Training at Historically Black Colleges in the Jim Crow South.

He earned an undergraduate degree in marketing and a master’s degree in history from Southern University and a master’s degree in business administration from The Citadel School of Business Administration. Cox received his doctorate degree in American history from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a certificate of completion from the Harvard Graduate School of Education Management Development Program.

He joined The Citadel in 2001 and previously served the college as founding director of the African American Studies program and assistant dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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