The West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research will showcase WVU students and their musical talents Wednesday February 22, 2017 at 7PM in the Gluck Theater in the Mountainlair. Music has been one form of the arts that african american’s have used as a escapism from the oppression of slavery, to the motown civil rights movement in the 1960’s, up to the current political climate with hip hop and spoken word. “The Center for Black Culture and Research is proud to showcase our students talents, and use this event as a form of unifying the campus community,” said Eric Jordan, program coordinator of the Center for Black Culture and Research. “We always have a diverse lineup of music genres and cultures involved with this show ” This year’s lineup includes WVU students Chris Allen (neo hip hop), Remy Black and the Funky Mudbugs (trans genre), Vallie (hip hop), Mikalaa Martin (pop), Durko (hip hop), Scott Link (pop), King Demi (hip hop), Brooke Cottrill (pop / rock), D. Wood (hip hop) Joydell Sims (spoken word), Madeline Samsell (pop), and Iahanna Henry (neo soul). The show will be hosted by WVU graduate student and the official DJ for WVU Basketball, DJ Dollar There will be a special guest performer from local christian rapper Lamar Riddick. The Pi Mu fraternity has a featured part of the show called “Food for Thought”, a spoken word presentation. Performers Madeline Samsell, Brooke Cottrill, Scott Link, and Mikalaa Martin are all former Mountaineer Idol contestants from this Fall semester.
WVU celebrates 26th annual MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast with Ernest Green from the historic ‘Little Rock Nine’
The West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the 26th annual MLK Day Unity Breakfast at 8 a.m. Jan. 16 in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.
This year’s keynote is Ernest Green from the historic Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Green is the eldest of the “Little Rock Nine,” a group of high school students who entered Central High School on the morning of September 25, 1957, following the Supreme Court’s ruling to desegregate schools in 1954.
Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had summoned National Guardsmen to turn away the black pupils in direct defiance of the federal government, which had already approved a desegregation plan for the school. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, for the first time since Reconstruction, sent in federal troops to protect the rights of the beleaguered students, and the students ultimately prevailed.
In 1965, Green became involved in employment law at the Adolph Institute, a program to assist minority women in southern states find opportunities for professional careers.
Between 1977 and 1981, Green served as assistant secretary in the United States Labor Department under President Jimmy Carter. Since 1981, he has worked in the private sector for consulting firms. He served as partner for Green and Herman from 1981 to 1985, owned E. Green and Associates from 1985 to 1986, and has been with Lehman Brothers since 1985.
“The Center for Black Culture and Research is thrilled to have Ernest Green come to West Virginia University,” said Marjorie Fuller, director of the Center for Black Culture and Research. “His bravery has influenced students and educators everywhere.”
The MLK Scholarship Award and the MLK Achievement Award will be presented at the breakfast. The scholarship is awarded annually to a WVU student who demonstrates an active interest and meaningful involvement in areas of human rights, civil rights and social justice. The Achievement Award is given to the nominee from West Virginia who best exemplifies working to fulfil King’s commitment.
The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP call 304.293.7029.
Our speaker this year is Ernest Green.
Ernest G. Green was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on September 22, 1941 to Lothaire S. and Ernest G. Green, Sr. His parents instilled in him confidence and self-respect that helped him to become a leader among his peers and a civil rights advocate. He was one of the first black students to integrate at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, following the Supreme Court ruling to desegregate in 1954. Green is the oldest of the “Little Rock Nine,” a group of high school students who entered Central High School on the morning of September 25, 1957, with an escort of paratroopers. Governor Orval Faubus had summoned National Guardsmen to turn away the black pupils in direct defiance of the federal government, which had already approved a desegregation plan for the school. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, for the first time since Reconstruction, sent in federal troops to protect the rights of the beleaguered students, and the students ultimately prevailed.Green graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in 1962 and an M.A. in 1964.
In 1965, Green became involved in employment law with a building-trade apprenticeship for the Adolph Institute, a project to help minority women in the South find opportunities for professional careers. He then directed the A. Phillip Randolph Education Fund from 1968 to 1976. Between 1977 and 1981, he served as assistant secretary in the Labor Department under President Jimmy Carter. Since 1981, Green has worked in the private sector for consulting firms. He was a partner for Green and Herman from 1981 to 1985, owned E. Green and Associates from 1985 to 1986, and has been with Lehman Brothers since 1985. Green has been on the boards of various organizations, such as the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, AfriCare and the African Development Foundation. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the NAACP Spingarn Award, the Rockefeller Public Service Award, and honorary doctorates from Tougaloo College, Michigan State University, and Central State University. He is married to Phyllis Green and they have three children, Adam, Jessica and McKenzie
Watch a video about this event from our director Marjorie Fuller.
*WVU Center for Black Culture and Research to host annual Kwanzaa event December 1, 2016 *
The West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research is sponsoring their annual Kwanzaa celebration concert Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Blue Ballroom.
Kwanzaa is an American and Pan-African holiday traditionally celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, it was designed to convey a message that speaks to the best of what it means to be of African descent, while celebrating with brothers and sisters of all races, religions and backgrounds. The concert will feature poet “Baba Okantah and Muntu Kuntu Energy”, assistant professor and poet-in-residence at Kent State University. Professor Okantah also assists in facilitating the CBC&R’s Academic Students Achieving and Reaching Success Program every summer.
“Okantah was an amazing human being to learn from,” said Ellis Roper, Academic STARS student and former Mr. Mountaineer “His experience as an African American educator really opened my eyes to how my ancestors paved a way for my future and how I have a responsibility to pave an even brighter path for the generation in front of me.” The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Center for Black Culture and Research at 304. 293.7029 or visit their website at http://cbc.wvu.edu/.
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learn more about Okantah, The Muntu Kuntu Energy Poet in the video below.
The WVU Paul Robeson and Mahalia Jackson Gospel Choir will be hosting their annual holiday concert Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Gluck Theatre. The choir, established in February 1992, stems from the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research. The choir is named after two renowned African American gospel singers: Paul Robeson and Mahalia Jackson.
“There is excitement in the air as the Paul Robeson Mahalia Jackson Gospel Choir spreads the good news through music during their Fall Concert,” said Shirley Robinson, director of the PRMJ Gospel Choir. “I am delighted to work with such a fun and passionate group that consist of students, faculty and staff who are enthusiastic about singing and don’t mind sharing their talents. We will be singing songs from the fun family weekend and some Christmas/Holiday songs. We hope that you will come share in this special evening.”
Tuesday November 1, 2016 was our 2nd session of “Conversation with the Cops”, a co-sponsor program we do with Multicultural, to try and open dialog between students and local law enforcement. This was our last one for this semester, Our next one is February 7, 2017 in the Rhododendron room. For this past session we concentrated on “Women Rights”, but we talk about whatever the students want to discuss. We also had a student moderator for the first time by the name of Kenah Lyons who did a awesome job. Below are pictures from the event.
Potomac State Students come to play CrossOver Pickup Basketball Wednesday November 9th at 4PM at the Student Rec Center Wednesday November 9, 2017 Potomac State Students will come to our WVU campus for a friendly game of pickup basketball. Since we will be hosting the event we will allow the Potomac State students to play every other game, unless they win and the winner always is a automatic advancement for the next game, but we will still have a signup sheet for all WVU student, staff or faculty that want to play that day.
This is our 3rd collaborate event between the 2 campuses, which were coordinated by Jason Ottley for Potomac State, and Eric Jordan for WVU. _“The games have been amazing, and fun, and a great way for each campus to get to know each other” _say’s Eric Jordan. Here is a highlight from a dunk contest we had at our last collaborative event at Potomac State last month.
When: Wednesday November 9, 2017 Time: 4pm-6pm Where: Student Rec Center
*The WVU McNair Scholars Program is taking applications for the 2017 Paid Summer Research Internship. * Students who are: 1. First-generation college students who demonstrate a financial need OR students from groups that are under-represented in higher education, i.e., African American, Hispanic, Native American, or Native Hawaiian/U.S. Pacific Islander 2. Currently a full-time sophomore, junior or senior not graduating in May 2017 who have a CGPA of 3.0 or higher 3. Interested in learning about research and pursuing a Ph.D or Ed.D. 4. Highly motivated and self-disciplined 5. U.S. citizens or permanent residents may download application from via http://mcnair.wvu.edu. Email mcnair.wvu.edu or call 304-293-4316 for questions. Application deadline is January 15, 2017.
Conversations with Cops Forum will discuss students’ legal rights and introduce law enforcement agencies Mountainlair Commons Area, WVU, 6-8PM, November 1, 2016: “Conversations with Cops” is an ongoing multicultural program series that seeks to foster positive communication between Morgantown law enforcement and the cultural communities that create WVU. The theme of the upcoming program will be, “Womens’ legal rights and Women in Law Enforcement”. The discussion will lead with the introduction of law enforcement agencies, discussion of womens’ roles in law enforcement, and a discussion of womens rights, and then open the floor for a question-and-answer session.
This is an open forum for students to communicate freely and openly with local law enforcement agencies about any subject. Representatives will be present from the Morgantown Police Department, the WVU University Police, the WV State Police, the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and WVU’s Equity Assurance Title IX Office. The event will be moderated by Kenah Lyons, WVU NABJ.
This event will take place in the first-floor Commons Area of the Mountainlair on the Downtown WVU Campus.
FREE PIZZA will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the WVU Office of Multicultural Programs, the WVU Center for Black Culture & Research, WVU’s Equity Assurance/Title IX Office, and the Morgantown Police Department, the WVU University Police, the WV State Police, the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. For more information, please email: Jason.Burns@mail.wvu.edu or call: 304-293-0890.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va Kevin Pierce and Takara Robinson, both former Academic STARS students, have teamed up as realtors at Old Colony here in Morgantown. The couple, having entered an official partnership at their brokerage, are excited to assist the residents of North Central, West Virginia in all of their many real estate endeavors.
“We really just wanted something fun and productive to do togethersomething that we could build on as a couple,” Takara said. “It’s an amazing feeling to work with someone who cares about your success just as much as their own.”
Kevin is particularly excited as real estate development is something that he has always been passionate about.
“I love it! Coming to West Virginia University has inspired me and taught me that everything in this life is attainable, you just have to go after it,” Kevin said. “Being able to take the first steps with Takara?there is no comparison. We keep each other motivated and driven, and also we have friendly competition amongst each other. It’s a great thing we are starting to build, and hope to remain a positive influence to also inspire our peers as well.”
The couple has big plans, and they’re certainly not stopping here. Kevin and Takara have their eyes set on being business owners. Their hope is to show people that black love, entrepreneurship and excellence is alive and well. They attribute much of their success to West Virginia University and the Academic STARS program, and they are so thankful that they met each other in the process.
WVU Center for Black Culture and Research seeks nominations for 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award
Do you know a person in the West Virginia community who has shown exemplary service in support of social justice issues? The West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research is currently seeking nominations for the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. The honor is given to residents of West Virginia who have made substantial contributions to the advancement of concerns surrounding civil rights, humanitarianism, social action and acting as a change agent for an inclusive and equal society for all people. “Every year I am so honored each year to have the privilege of adding the name of the new MLK Achievement Award winner to the esteemed list of previous winners,” said Marjorie Fuller, director of the Center for Black Culture and Research. “Although every nominee’s service is well-worthy of recognition, I am so thrilled to see who the committee selects to honor this year.” The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. The award committee requires that nominators complete the official nomination form along with a two page statement outlining the nominee’s qualifications and credentials. All nominations can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to the MLK Achievement Committee at 590 Spruce St., Morgantown, West Virginia, 26506. The award will be presented during the 27th annual MLK Unity Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16. 2017 from 8 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. For more information about the award, visit www.cbc.wvu.edu.