Campus Community Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month

CHICAGO, IL (February 1, 2007) – Thanks to the hard work of Director Viveca Poinsette and others at North Park’s Center for Africana Studies, the University will recognize and celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February.

All four chapel services (Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Anderson Chapel) in the month of February will address issues pertinent to Black History Month. Rev. Harvey Carey, a minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) in Detroit, Mich., will speak February 7 about the civil rights movement. Evangelist Sandra Riley speaks the following week, on St. Valentine’s Day, on the topic of "Love." February 21 will feature a joint presentation on "Longing" from Interim Campus Pastor Judy Peterson and Superintendent Jerome Nelson of the ECC’s Central Conference, followed by a February 28 visit from Emerging Church leader Doug Pagitt. Attendees will leave each chapel with a special gift – a "Celebrate African American History" pencil, a pencil sharpener, an "Erase Hate" eraser, and a "Celebrate Diversity" bookmark.

Other events associated with Black History Month include:

- A visit to Salem Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in the U.S. with over 25,000 members and a live television broadcast of services (February 4; bus departs NPU at 11 a.m.);

- The Spoken Word, co-hosted with the Seminary, in which Bishop Adonijah Okechuku Ogbonnaya, Ph.D. will address a 5 p.m. dinner in Magnuson Campus Center. The Bishop is the founder and president of Kohanim Kingdom Empowerment Ministries, which works with church bodies around the world, and has personally ministered in over 25 nations in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

- The Step Show at University of Illinois-Chicago (February 17; bus departs NPU at 6:30 p.m.)

- Student Awards Dinner, co-hosted with the Center for Latino Studies, where African American and Latino students will be honored and Dr. Robert Westly of Tulane University will speak (February 22; 5:30 p.m. in Magnuson Campus Center)

- Bus tour of Chicago, including historic churches, George’s Music Room, the DuSable Museum of African-American History, the historic Pullman neighborhood, and other sites to be announced (February 24; time T.B.A.)

- The Knowledge Bowl, a fun opportunity for food and fellowship as students, faculty and staff compete to see who has the most thorough knowledge of African American history (February 26, Hamming Hall, 8 p.m.)

Poinsette begins her sixth year of service to North Park University this month and has overseen Black History Month observances here for the last three. When asked to reflect on the effort, she shares, "What’s been the most exciting for me is the tremendous growth. Quality programs, larger participation, an increasing number of connections across campus and the city – it has truly generated a lot of excitement, momentum, and awareness at North Park."

To R.S.V.P. for any of the above activities or request further information, contact Viveca Poinsette.