Jan. 27, 2012
The theme for this year's African American History Month is "African Americans and the Civil War" honoring the efforts of people of African descent to destroy slavery and inaugurate universal freedom in the United States.
The theme, chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History urges all Americans to study and reflect on the value of their contribution to the nation.
Featured speaker for Black History Month at Shawnee State University is Bruce Watson, author of four books on American history and in June 2010, "Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy" was published by Viking. He will be speaking on Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the Flohr Lecture Hall.
"The Economist" called the book, "engrossing" and the New York Times called it "taut and involving." Watson's book, "Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, The Murders, and The Judgment of Mankind" (Viking 2007) was nominated for an Edgar Award in the True Fact/Crime category.
Watson is the author of four well-reviewed books on American history, each enlivening forgotten or neglected periods in the nation's past. His book, "Bread and Roses" (Viking 2005) was honored by the New York Public Library as one of 25 Books to Remember. Watson has also written more than three dozen feature articles for "Smithsonian" on topics ranging from the history of Coney Island to Ferraris to fallout shelters.
His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, American Heritage, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Yankee, Reader's Digest, and Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003.
Shawnee State University has several events planned to celebrate African American History Month:
Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Flohr Lecture Hall: Bruce Watson, author of "Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy." Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs and Clark Memorial Library.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m. University Center, Room 104: Representatives from the Trinity Lodge No. 9 F&AM of Portsmouth will present "The History of Black Masonry in Ohio."
Sunday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m. Clark Memorial Library, Flohr Lecture Hall: Gospel Sing. Participants include people invited from the local churches and students who would like to take part in the program. There will be songs, readings, dance performance, and instrumental presentations. Sponsored by the AHANA Student Club.