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Black History Month Events

Reinhardt University’s Black History Month observance lasts the entire month of February and features activities that celebrate the many accomplishments and the proud heritage of African-Americans.  Reinhardt’s annual observance of Black History Month includes symposiums, performances and film screenings.


drum circleTuesday, February 16 – African Dance & Drum Workshop – Bannister Glasshouse, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Join master drummer Sister Yomi for a workshop on African style dancing and drum playing!

James JordanThursday, February 18 –  Race and Reinhardt – Making a Difference Here and Beyond - RU Commemorates 50 Years of Integration - Bannister Glasshouse, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

50 years have passed since Reinhardt University opened its doors to African American students.  This important anniversary deserves recognition. We invite you to explore this history, share in the experiences, and carry this legacy forward as you join us for a special symposium and ceremony as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the integration of Reinhardt University. During this event, special guest James T. Jordan, the first African-American student enrolled at Reinhardt, will discuss his life and experiences as a student when he entered Reinhardt in 1966.  His impact on Reinhardt is still felt today, because students of numerous races, ethnicities, and religions are represented in Reinhardt University’s student body and have made Reinhardt an inclusive academic community.  The story of racial integration at Reinhardt is one that should never slip from the pages of its history. In addition to recognizing James Jordan, there will be a lecture by historian Dr. Edith Riehm, who has studied President Truman's Committee on Civil Rights and the post-World War II civil rights movement.  Dr. Riehm will discuss the unheralded trailblazer role that Reinhardt alumna, Dorothy Rogers Tilly, Class of 1899, played in the Civil Rights Movement. Tilly devoted her entire adult life to reforming southern race relations. Her extensive career as an activist, organizer, and mentor forged a link between the reform efforts of the early twentieth century and the modern civil rights movement. She worked with the Women's Missionary Society of the Methodist Church, the Commission on Interracial Cooperation, the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching, the Southern Regional Council and the Fulton-DeKalb Commission on Interracial Cooperation, and the Fellowship of the Concerned (FOC). In 1946, President Harry S. Truman appointed Tilly to his Committee on Civil Rights. The Committee produced a famous and influential report, “To Secure These Rights,” which called for an immediate end to segregation. To the end of her life, through example and education, Tilly promoted racial tolerance and acceptance of desegregation during the explosive years of the civil rights movement. The symposium and ceremony will be moderated by Dr. Kenneth Wheeler, Professor of History.

Jackie Robinson

Friday, February 19 – Movie Night: 42: The Jackie Robinson story  Bannister Glasshouse – 8:00 PM-10:00 PM

Join the Office of Student Activities for a screening of “42: The Jackie Robinson Story.” The story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

Tuesday, February 23 – The Art of Spoken Word with Lady Caress, Bannister Glasshouse - 8:00-9:00 PM

Lady Caress is a poet and public speaker. With her unique set of comedy, music, beat boxing and theatrics, she truly is mesmerizing performer. For over 10 years, Lady Caress has dedicated her life to the art of communication as both a poet and public speaker. As a National Poetry Champion in 2010 at Pi Kappa Delta, Lady Caress has continued to impact audiences outside of the performance realm. She has designed and executed public speaking and poetry workshops for Upward Bound, YMCA and S.T.A.R.S., an organization designed to bring extra-curricular activities to at-risk youth. She served as Spoken Word Poetry Consultant for Iowa’s National Night Out and coached both high school and collegiate students in competitive Poetry and Prose performance pieces. While her work often extends to off stage ventures, she still captures audiences with her unique set of poetic nuances. She has featured at The Marshall Arts Room, Love Jonz Spoken Jazz Set, and Sunday Spoken in Dallas, TX. She has graced the stage at Bus Boys and Poets in Washington, DC, Say What Poetry in Des Moines, Iowa and took home 1st place twice at the Jacksonville, FL Amateur Night at the The Ritz Theater in Fall 2013. Lady Caress continues to capture arts enthusiast and poetry skeptics alike with her unique blend of beat boxing, emotional theatrics and music.