Black History Month events happening all over

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Staff report
Livingstone College will celebrate its Founder’s Day Convocation today with Gov. Bev Perdue as keynote speaker.
The event begins at 10 a.m. in Varick Auditorium, 701 W. Monroe St. It is free and open to the public.
A number of other Black History Month events are taking place throughout Rowan County. They include:
Catawba College
– Students are invited to a movie night Sunday featuring “The Great Debaters” starring Denzel Washington. It will be at the Tom Smith Auditorium from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission and refreshments are free. The event is open only to Catawba students.
– A play entitled “Little Rock: Our Dreams. Our Goals. Their Story.” The play will be held at the Hedrick Little Theatre on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
After each performance, there will be an opportunity to talk with the cast, crew and faculty. Admission is free, but ticket reservations are required. Contact Chris Young at This event is open to the community.
– A Catawba College Fashion Show will be presented Feb. 27 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is open to the public. Admission is free, with clothing purchases available.
Proceeds from the fashion show will go toward helping low-income families and various charities. Proceeds will also provide clothes and food to the Rockingham County Pregnancy Center.
– House of Soul, Catawba’s coffee house, Feb. 28 from 7 9 p.m. at the Peeler Crystal Lounge. Free entertainment and dessert. Admission is free. Open only to Catawba students.
These events are organized by the college’s Diversity Club. For more information, contact Elizabeth Foye at or Tony Mullins at
North Rowan Elementary
Fifth-grade students will research an African-American who has shaped or influenced American culture. Each student will take on the persona of the person he or she is researching in a “Living Museum.” Kindergarten through fourth-grade classes will visit the museum to learn about each person.
The Living Museum will take place Feb. 27.
Overton Elementary
Several African American men in the community, including a doctor, minister, retired school principal and college administrator, will speak to students at a 9 a.m. program on Feb. 27.
The men attending will talk to students about setting goals and education.
Millbridge Elementary
Some fourth-grade teachers have written poems about President Barack Obama. They will also decorate their classroom doors with famous African-Americans who have helped change and shape the world leading up to the presidential election.
Morgan Elementary
The school ordered activity booklets on Obama for all students to learn more about his leadership skills and life.
Students will also research information about African-American leaders.
Rowan Museum
An exhibit titled, “Early Rowan African-American Churches” opens at 1 p.m. on Feb. 15 and runs through late May.
The exhibit will feature artifacts, histories and music from some of the early African-American congregations in the community.
The museum is located 202 N. Main Street.
Rowan History Club
Local black artists will speak about and present their works at a 7 p.m. meeting Feb. 10. The meeting will be held in the Messinger Room of the Rowan Museum.
Guests to the program should enter through the rear entrance.
Contact the Rowan Museum for more information at 704-633-5946.
Learning history
North Rowan, Shive, Cleveland and Bostian elementary schools are incorporating people and key events from history into their regular curriculum with contests, bulletin boards and videos.
If you know of any other activities taking place in area, contact Salisbury Post reporter Shavonne Potts at or 704-797-4253.