Salisbury University commemorates Black History Month in February with events focused on this year’s national theme, “Black Health and Wellness,” and other activities.
Public events include:
– February 1-28, Ward Museum – “Another View from Patrick Henry” Exhibit: A collection of paintings by the Worcester County artist focusing on the generational history of Black families and their communities on the Lower Eastern Shore.
– Thursday, February 3, 7 p.m., via Zoom – “The Tuskegee Syphilis Experience” Lecture: Dr. James H. Jones of the University of Arkansas explores the origins, lifespan and legacy of this peculiar American tragedy of race and medicine.
– Tuesday, February 8, 7 p.m., Conway Hall Room 153 – Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America Lecture: Historian Keisha Blain discusses her latest book, focusing on the life and work of the civil rights activist.
– Thursday, February 10, 7 p.m., Guerrieri Academic Commons – Black Health and Wellness Panel: Representatives from SU’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE), Disability Resource Center and partner sites discuss mental, physical and emotional health on the Eastern Shore as it relates to Black communities.
– Tuesday, February 15, 12:30 p.m., Holloway Hall Auditorium – Callie Day Masterclass with SU Voice Majors: Day is a soprano and internet sensation whose video of the gospel song “Hear My Prayer” has received over 5.3 million views.
– Wednesday, February 16, 7 p.m., Guerrieri Student Union Wicomico Room – “The Link and You: Health Matters”: The keynote address, by Dr. Tina Reid of the School of Nursing, addresses health disparities and challenges of Black health and wellness on the Eastern Shore.
– Thursday, February 17, 12:30 p.m., Holloway Hall Auditorium – Meet Callie Day Interview and Discussion: Day discusses her career and rise to musical success.
– Thursday, February 17, 6:30 p.m., Guerrieri Academic Commons Assembly Hall – Black Vote Mural Panel Discussion: This panel discussion explores the intersection of public art, Black voices and civil rights, incorporating Greta Chapin McGill’s mural “The Shoulders,” on display at the Nabb Research Center.
– Thursday, February 17, 7 p.m., UMES’ Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center – The Fannie Lou Hamer Story: SU and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore present the story of legendary civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer in this live musical and video performance.
– Friday and Saturday, February 18 and 19, 7 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church – Diversity Thru Music: These multi-faceted and musically eclectic programs feature artist-in-residence Callie Day and SU music program alumni Adam Beres, Desiree Borges, Jeremiah Copeland, Joshua Dennis, Patrick Gover, Caitlyn Howard, Syed Jaffery, Annabell Midley, Terron Quailes, Jeffrey Todd, Kathrin Thawley and John Wixted.
– Wednesday, February 23, 6-7:30 p.m., Conway Hall Room 226 – African American Poetry Read-In
– February 15-19 – Calesta “Callie” Day Artist-in-Residence: Day, a soprano and internet sensation, holds a masterclass for SU voice majors, participates in an interview and discussion presentation, and performs.
– Thursday, March 3, Guerrieri Student Union Wicomico Room – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book Discussion: The book by Rebecca Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells – taken without her consent – became an important medical research tool.
Admission is free and the public is invited. Events are subject to change. For the latest information visit www.salisbury.edu/events.
Black History Month events are sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; the Samuel W. and Marylin C. Seidel School of Education; Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts; PACE; Fulton Public Humanities; SU Libraries; the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture; the College of Health and Human Services Dean’s Fund; the Fulton School Dean’s Fund; the Music, Theatre and Dance Department; the English Department; the History Department and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.
All attendees at SU events are required to wear a mask while in the audience, regardless of vaccination status. Attendees may be asked to leave an event for non-compliance.
Attendees also must complete an online COVID-19 screening on the day of their visit, prior to coming to the SU campus, at www.salisbury.edu/visitorscreening.
Those planning to park on campus must register in advance for a free parking pass at http://webapps.salisbury.edu/parking/visitor.
For more information call 410-543-6385 or visit the SU website at www.salisbury.edu.