Date: February 12, 2021
In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), created Negro History Week, to highlight the invaluable contributions of African Americans. Dr. Woodson selected the week in February that included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, and in 1975, ASALH expanded the celebrations of that one week to become what we now know as Black History Month. As a result, Black History Month is a time set aside for us to collectively honor and celebrate the ever-growing legacy of African Americans within our society, even as we acknowledge that the contributions of Black people should also be recognized throughout the year.
In honor of Black History Month, the Office of Multicultural Ministries has partnered with WETA to host a Zoom discussion group on the PBS documentary series from Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song. The documentary, which features Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and several other prominent African Americans, will first air on the evening of February 16th. We will host the discussion group on the following evening of Wednesday, February 17 at 6:00 pm. The event will be co-facilitated by a WETA representative and Student Body President Donna Arrendell ’22 and is open to the entire VTS community.
We hope that you will join us as we take a moment to explore this important history. Click here to register.
Associate for Programming & Historical Research for Reparations
Office of Multicultural Ministries