Speaker to address importance of Black History Month

Black-History-Month---Graphic---26720912_853477_ver1.0_1280_720To kick off Black History Month at Western Carolina University, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs presents Ekow King, the director of the University of Albany’s Office of Intercultural Student Engagement.

At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Blue Ridge Conference Room, King will discuss the value in celebrating Black History Month, which began in 1926 as Negro History Week, an initiative proposed and supported by a few state departments of educations, including North Carolina. It was the brainchild of Carter G. Woodson, a noted African-American historian and journalist, also known as the father of black history.

It was expanded to a month-long celebration in 1976 and is now recognized nationally, while also being celebrated in other countries such as the United Kingdom and Canada.

King’s interactive presentation will include a background on the history of the Black History Month, while also taking a look at some of the common misconceptions about the annual observance. He also suggests reasons why emphases on months like Black History Month are of value locally, nationally and internationally.

The event is free and open to the public.