Black History Month events to be held at UVA Wise

Mike Still • Feb 4, 2020 at 9:30 PM

WISE — The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Pro-Art will host a variety of events in observation of Black History Month in February.

The college’s Black History Month Committee will host three events as part of its Speaker Series each Monday in February at 1 p.m.

The series, which began Monday with Sheyann Webb-Christburg, the youngest participant in the March 7, 1965, “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, continues Feb. 10 at the college’s Slemp Student Center Dogwood Room. Bill Turner will speak on “Growing Up Black in Appalachia.”

Sarah Judson will speak Feb. 17 at the Dogwood Room on “Race Politics in Urban Appalachia,” and Dwayne Tunstall will talk Feb. 24 at the same room on “Being Black, Then and Now.”

The Black History Month Committee will also host Soulfest on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m at the UVA Wise Chapel of All Faiths. Soulfest includes a range of music, writings and readings on topics in black history.

Pro-Art will host a presentation of the Virginia Opera’s “Oh, Freedom!” at the Park Avenue Theater in Norton on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Admission for students is free, with $5 for others.

“Oh Freedom!” honors the history of African Americans from slavery through the struggles and success of the Civil Rights movement to current times. The presentation uses historical content and period music of the times as context for the stories of leaders in equality, science, sports, politics and the arts.

For information on the Speaker Series and Soulfest, call the UVA Wise Office of Compliance and Inclusion at (276) 376-3451, the college Communications Office at (276) 376-1027 or email [email protected]

For information on “Oh Freedom!”, call Pro-Art at (276) 376-4520 or email [email protected]

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