West Virginia University’s Black History Month will feature a host of events that ask us to reflect, respond and celebrate.

The “I Am The Change” panel will begin the month’s celebrations with a focus on social justice and will feature Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela; Donisha Rita-Claire Prendergast, granddaughter of Bob and Rita Marley; and Jasmine Rand, attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family. It will be held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

The panel strives to inspire audiences to pursue meaningful change in their own lives and in the lives of others. This event will equip attendees with the tools and techniques needed to effectively mobilize their own schools and communities to seek equality and justice. The event is co-sponsored by the David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas.

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, George Green, former assistant national director of Roc-A-Fella Records and Jay-Z tour manager, will speak in a presentation co-sponsored by the Islamic Center of Morgantown and the Muslim Students Association.

Finally, a music showcase will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

All events are sponsored by the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research.



CONTACT: Marjorie Fuller, director, Center for Black Culture and Research
304-293-7029, Marjorie.Fuller@mail.wvu.edu

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