Spring Hill students, administrators, staff and faculty are gathering throughout February to celebrate Black History Month.
Sponsored by the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Team, the commemoration began Feb. 11 when “Climbing the Hill as One,” a series of presentations, was held in the Student Center. Students Alurah Williams and Nicolas Johnson, and English faculty member Dr. Leigh Ann Litwiller were the presenters.
On Feb. 17, history faculty member Dr. Nicholas Wood and student Zachary Meiselbach were scheduled to present “Black Alabamians in the Union Army” to an audience in the Student Center.
At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, students are invited to participate in a virtual meeting, “COVID19: The Two Tales of One Pandemic.” Biology faculty member Dr. Debbie Fox is joining Drs. Jay Shannon and Errol Crook in the presentation.
On Saturday, Feb. 20, students are invited on a trip to Montgomery, Alabama, where they will tour the Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. According to the EJI website, the 11,000-square-foot museum is built on the site of a former warehouse where enslaved Black people were imprisoned.
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, sociology faculty member Dr. Shoon Lio and student Nicolas Johnson will present, “Race and the Criminal Justice System.” The presentation will be held at 12:15 p.m. in the Student Center. That evening, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will co-sponsor “Pearls and Chucks”, including a presentation by student and AKA president Dionte Rudolph.
The commemoration will conclude on Thursday, Feb. 25, when a 6 p.m. virtual meeting, “Africatown: Past, Present, Future,” is held. Darron Patterson will join Communication Arts faculty member Ryan Noble and student Olivia McNorton in the presentation.
According to the History Channel, Black History Month was conceptualized by noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans and has been recognized by every U.S. president since 1976. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history, according to the History Channel.