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Marshall to commemorate Woodson, Black History Month

HUNTINGTON - The life of Dr. Carter G. Woodson will be reintroduced to the Huntington and Marshall University communities in a series of events beginning Friday, Feb. 5, which will be proclaimed "Dr. Carter G. Woodson Day" by Mayor Steve Williams, according to a release from the university.


Dr. Alan Gould, executive director of the John Deaver Drinko Academy at Marshall, and Burnis Morris, the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications at MU and a Drinko Fellow, have organized the special events that will honor Woodson, whose former home/office in Washington is now being restored by the National Park Service as a National Historic Site.

At 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, Williams' proclamation on Woodson will take place during a reception in the Drinko Library Atrium on Marshall's Huntington campus. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is planning to submit a statement in the Congressional Record honoring Woodson and is sending a representative to Marshall to present his remarks. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin also is preparing a proclamation for presentation by a member of his staff, and a member of U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins' staff has been designated to attend the program and read Jenkins' statement. Other local and state public officials also are expected to participate.

State Sen. Bob Plymale also will present a resolution to the West Virginia Senate to commemorate Woodson, and Plymale will give remarks at the event.

Here are some other key events planned in Woodson's honor during February:

2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7 - the annual Soul Food Feast in the John Marshall Dining Room, located on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus, will feature a tribute to Woodson.

6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8 - Morris will present a lecture about Woodson's early career, especially his ties to Huntington and West Virginia, in the Huntington City Council chambers.

2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 - "This place matters," inspired by Woodson, uses technology to bring recognition to African-American contributions in central Appalachia. Presentations will be by Dr. Monica Brooks, assistant vice president of information technology at Marshall, and Dr. David Trowbridge, associate professor of history, in the Morrow Library's Hoffman Room on the Huntington campus.

5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 - WMUL-FM 88.1, Marshall's student-run public radio station, will broadcast two panel discussions on the official emancipation of 50 slaves in Cabell County and the only known return of their descendants to this area since the mid-19th century.

4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 - Bishop Samuel R. Moore will speak on "The Deceitfulness of Difference," the inaugural John Deaver Drinko Academy's Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lecture in the Memorial Student Center's Shawkey Room on the Huntington campus.

Cabell County Schools have produced Black History Month curriculum, which honors Woodson and African-American achievements. The lesson plan, developed through a collaboration involving Vickie Linville, Rhonda O'Neal and Alexandria McCloud, will be made available to teachers for use in their classrooms in February.

Throughout February, the Drinko Library Atrium will display photographs from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's exhibit of African-Americans who made major contributions to the state's history. Other events planned include a presentation by David Harris, who is coordinating a historical interpretation of Woodson. Two documentary films also are being scheduled for presentation/discussion.

The project is being supported by Mayor Williams; the city of Huntington; Cabell County Schools; the Cabell County Public Library; the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation; the office of Intercultural Affairs, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the College of Arts and Media and University Libraries at Marshall; the Black Ministerial Association; and the NAACP.

For a complete list of events and schedule updates, visit the John Deaver Drinko Academy's special Carter G. Woodson project page at


Article from Herald Dispatch Jan 31, 2016

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