Every year the nation celebrates Black History Month. Here at Mary Baldwin University we take it beyond the classroom. Many teachers impress upon their students the need for participation in the month’s festivals that include not only the college but also the community. One such event is the annual Black History Month Oratorical Contest, which began in 1998. Elementary school students, with the help of student mentors from the college, speak about a topic related to Black History Month.
All events during Black History Month are free and open to the public. In addition to the oratory, they range from dance recitals and poetry reading to Black Family Feud and Caribbean storytelling. The college will celebrate Unity Week February 1–7 and Caribbean Cultural Awareness Week February 16–22.
If you have any questions about Black History Month at Mary Baldwin, contact Reverend Andrea Cornett-Scott, dean of African American and Multicultural Affairs, at 887-7270 or firstname.lastname@example.org .