Events commemorating important events and people in the history of the African diaspora take center stage this month at Reinhardt as part of Reinhardt University’s Black History Month celebration. Black History Month is observed annually in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Included in Reinhardt’s planned events are a trip to the Center for Civil and Human Rights is set for Feb. 19. Tickets for the center and the bus ride are free for all students, faculty, staff and guests.
The Center, established in 2007, was launched by former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, with the help of civil rights activists Evelyn Lowery and Andrew Young, former United Nations Ambassador.
Located adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta, the 42,000-square-foot building was built to educate visitors about the American Civil Rights movement, as well as the modern struggle for Human Rights around the world. Current exhibits include Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change, The American Civil Rights Movement: Rolls Down Like Water and The Global Human Rights Movement: Spark of Conviction.
Later in the month, the University’s Community Gathering Series, which is open to all RU faculty, staff and students, as well as the community at large, Feb. 22, from 1-2 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse. Tony Harrison, of Cousins Maine Lobster, will be the keynote speaker. Harrison’s business has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank.
Other events to commemorate Black History Month include: Eagle Cinema: “Loving” on Feb. 11 from 9-11 p.m. in Bannister Glasshouse; Growing Cities Viewing and Discussions on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Bannister Glasshouse; and African Descendants Student Association Book Stamping Event on Feb. 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. on the third floor of Hill Freeman Library.
For more information, visit www.reinhardt.edu/blackhistorymonth.