Black History Month Events

January 26, 2011

The University of Mount Union will host several events in honor and celebration of Black History Month. All of the following events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Mount Union at (330) 823-7288.

Thursday, February 3
Black History Month Keynote Address by Wendell Rogers
7 p.m., Mount Union Theatre
Wendell RogersWendell Rogers is the director of the GEAR UP Program at The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. The GEAR UP program provides students with academic enrichment and support from seventh grade until high school graduation in an effort to prepare them for post secondary education. Rogers founded a drug prevention program “Operation,” which is designed for minority youths under the age of 10. The program started in 1989 with 10 boys and now has more than 500 young male participants.
 
Prior to joining the staff at The Citadel, he was the director of operations at Education Redirection and director of clinical services at Essex Substance Abuse Treatment Center. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication and social work from Eastern Michigan University and a master of arts degree in rehabilitation guidance counseling from Michigan State University. He also earned a master of arts degree in criminal justice from Saginaw Valley State University.
 
Wednesday, February 16
Presentation by Monyka Price
7 p.m., Bracy, Room L04
Monyka Price is the chief of education for the City of Cleveland. She serves as the liaison between the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and oversees the mayor’s educational initiatives.
 
Saturday, February 19
Annual Black Student Union Fashion Show
7 p.m., Mount Union Theatre
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The fashion show, sponsored by the Black Student Union, is open to the public.
 
Wednesday, February 23
Storytelling by Jocelyn Palmer-Dabney
7 p.m., Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center
Jocelyn Palmer-DabneyJocelyn Palmer-Dabney is a storyteller, actress and retired high school librarian from Youngstown. She is currently the director of the Creative Arts Ministry at the Rising Star Baptist Church of Youngstown. A 1972 graduate of Alliance High School, she earned a bachelor of science in education degree from Kent State University. She was also the first African-American to earn a master’s degree in storytelling and reading from East Tennessee State University. She has presented programs and conducted workshops for schools, universities, libraries, festivals and churches in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Louisiana.
 
Palmer-Dabney is a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS), the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers (CABS), Western Reserve Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of storytelling (WRAPPS) and the Ohio Order for the Preservation for Storytelling (OOPS). Over the years, she has been chosen by the National Storytelling Network (NSN) as one of the six people to represent the six regions of the United States by performing at the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place.
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