Mount Union Plans Black History Month Events

February 05, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a series of events during February in commemoration of Black History Month.

Events will include the following:

  • Tuesday, February 12: Leslie Frost-Kitchen '00: 'From Spirituals to Modern Day Gospels', 6 p.m., Dewald Chapel

Frost-Kitchen, a 2000 Mount Union graduate, is a first grade teacher in the Youngstown City School      District. She actively participates in the drama, children’s and music ministries at Rising Star Baptist Church. She will present soul-stirring songs from the African American tradition. This presentation will include selections ranging from Negro Spirituals to modern gospel selections. The audience will be taken on a musical journey that will be both educational and entertaining.

  • Thursday, February 14: The Underground Railroad, 6 p.m., Perry Sippo Branch Library in Massillon (transportation provided)
    • Historical presenter Paul Goebbel will share the exciting story of brave men and women who risked their personal finances and freedom to help an enslaved race. Only 12 spots are available-first come, first served basis. To reserve a seat, contact Ashley Ross at
  • Thursday, February 21: Black History Month Keynote Speaker Dr. Charleyse Pratt, 7 p.m., Presser Recital Hall

Pratt serves as director of the Learning Communities Programs and Partnerships at Cleveland State University. In this role, she serves as director for the Cleveland Transfer Connection, a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College’s Metro-Campus where students are able to begin their undergraduate studies at Tri-C to earn an associate’s degree and then transfer to Cleveland State to complete the four-year baccalaureate degree.

Pratt was elected president of Cleveland State University’s Black Faculty and Staff organization for the tern 2012-2014. In addition, she participates as a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Role and Status of Women and the University’s Retention and School Success subcommittee.

For more information on these events, contact Ashley Ross at

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