Black History Month events on campus continue through Feb. 19

Western Carolina University is observing Black History Month with a series of films, performances and presentations, including a talk by the successful inventor who created the Super Soaker water gun.

“Liyana,” recipient of the “Best Documentary” award at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival, will be screened Feb. 13.

February is designated as Black History Month in recognition of African-American accomplishments and contributions throughout American history and culture. All WCU events are open to the public, but some may require preregistration or charge an admission fee.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

  • “Tunnel of Oppression,” 20-minute interactive tours featuring scenes depicting oppression and discrimination of marginalized groups, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom.
  • Southern Circuit Film Series presents “Liyana,” an award-winning animated documentary about orphan children in Swaziland, 7 p.m. in the UC theater.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

  • “Tunnel of Oppression,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the UC Grandroom.

Monday, Feb. 19

  • “The Impact of Innovation” by Lonnie Johnson, former NASA engineer and inventor of the Super Soaker and more, 6 p.m. in the UC Grandroom.

Lonnie Johnson

Events held earlier in the month included Urban Bush Women presenting dance performances and a leadership program, screening of the documentary film “February One, The Story of the Greensboro Four,” and the WCU Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Education Series presenting “Gate Keepers with Porsha O.”

The featured Civil Discourse guest speaker was Ibram Kendi, author, historian and founding director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at American University.

Students also can participate in WCU’s Diversity Dialogues by visiting

For more information on Black History Month at WCU, contact Ricardo Nazario-Colon, WCU chief diversity officer, at 828-227-3251 or For information on Black History Month and other events, go to the campus calendar at