As part of Diversity Week, West Virginia University is holding its 13th annual Women of Color Day Luncheon on Sept. 27 at 11:30 in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. The featured speaker will be Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, associate professor of music and conductor of the University of Illinois Black Chorus at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Davis will speak on”Lifting as You Climb: Empowering Others.”Also, WVUs Paul Robeson/Mahalia Jackson Choir will perform. Luncheon costs $5 (students), $10 (all others). The musical presentation is free. To make a reservation, phone 293-3339 by Sept. 22.
Davis is a native of West Virginia and graduated from WVU -Tech (magna cum laude), where she was named the 1993 Alumna of the Year. She earned her masters degree from West Virginia University. She is also the Founding Director of the Black Sacred Music Symposium held biennially at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Davis has won numerous awards and honors and published a book,”Talks My Mother Never had with Me”(Helping the young female transition to womanhood).
Davis and the University of Illinois Black Chorus will perform at WVU Friday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Creative Arts Center. Although the concert is free, call 293-9232 for ticket reservation. For special accommodations, call 291-1755.