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Black History Month speakers announced

Posted Jan. 26, 2011

Join Kent State University at Trumbull in February as it celebrates Black History Month with a variety of activities including series of featured speakers, which will include:

Dr. Leslie Heaphy: Negro Baseball LeagueHeaphy
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1:30 p.m. / Room 202 (Classroom/Administration Building)

Dr. Heaphy teaches a variety of courses at Kent State University. She was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004 and is currently the Director of the Honors Program for Kent State University at Stark. Heaphy will be delivering an energetic and informative lecture on the Negro Baseball League. 

Professor Mwatabu Okantah: Poetry Reading & Lecture
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 12:30 p.m. / Room 202 (Classroom/Administration Building)
Okantah is an assistant professor and Poet-in-Residence in the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University.  He is a highly recognized poet and motivational speaker. Okantah will be delivering a spoken word poetry presentation from his original works and will be providing commentary pertinent to Black History Month to complement the readings. A Question & Answer session will follow. 

Dr. George Garrison: Africa & Africans in the Early Christian Bible and Early Christianity
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. / Room 202 (Classroom/Administration Building)Garrison

Dr. Garrison is a tenured professor at Kent State University. His scholarly works are published nationally and internationally. Before his time at Kent State, Garrison served in the Vietnam War and also taught at a Boarding School in the Navajo Nation. Garrison will discuss some of the major and minor figures in the Old and New Testament of the Christian Bible, and examine the evidence of their African heritage, including such well-known individuals as Adam and Eve; Noah; Moses; Ramses (Pharaoh of the Exodus) and Simon of Cyrene among others. Geographical areas of Africa that are in the Bible will also be discussed.  This lecture will also identify Africans who were Popes in the early Catholic Church and important African Theologians, like Origen, Tertullian and St. Augustine who helped to expand and develop Christianity in its early days.

Additionally, LifeShare will be conducting two blood drives on Monday, Feb. 21 and Tuesday, Feb. 22 near the Classroom/Administration Building from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day.

For additional information regarding these events, please contact Jacob Roope at 330-675-8858 or via e-mail at