Black History Month 2016: Local History, Sports History

In celebration of Black History Month, St. Thomas University has organized some great events in the University Library. We have also curated a selection of books and films—“The Black Experience in American History”—on display now in the Library Atrium. Here’s what to look for in February:

“The Black Miami”

BHM-BlackMiami4The Black Miami: Film Screening and Panel Discussion will take place on February 17, 2016, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Convocation Hall. Hosted by St. Thomas University Library, the Center for Community Engagement and the Department of Student Affairs, the event will include a screening of The Black Miami documentary, produced by Carlton Smith, Michael Williams, and Dr. Marvin Dunn, based on the 1997 book Black Miami in the Twentieth Century by Dr. Dunn. The documentary features interviews with Dr. Dunn as its chronicles the importance and significance that Blacks have played in the history of Miami.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion led by moderator Lutze B. Segu, Program Director for MCCJ, an organization whose mission is to advance understanding and respect among all cultures, religions, and races. The featured panelists are Dr. Marvin Dunn, Prof. Arthur Holmes, Sr., and Lashura Batten. Dr. Dunn is a renowned historian, author, documentary film producer, and lecturer. Prof. Arthur Holmes, Sr., is an instructor in the School of Professional Studies at St. Thomas University and program coordinator and director for the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services program. Lashura Batten is Program Coordinator of Keep Miami Gardens Beautiful in the Public Works Department of the City of Miami Gardens, and a St. Thomas University alumnus. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. Light refreshments will be served.

History of African American Sports Series

BHM-SportSeries3The next event will be The History of African American Sports, a two-day event series. The first event will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., titled Althea Gibson: Trailblazer and Tennis Legend and a PBS Film Screening, with an Introduction by Coach Bruce Carrington. On the very next day, Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a discussion on The History & Significance of African Americans in Sports, featuring St. Thomas University’s Head Tennis Coach Bruce Carrington, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Patrick Gayle, and Head Women’s Basketball Coach Albrey Grimsley. Hosted by St. Thomas University Library and the Department of Student Affairs, these events will be held in the Library Atrium. Light refreshments will be served.

Books and Films

Feel free to check out our Black History Month book display in the Library Atrium filled with awesome historic books, including books authored by Dr. Dunn and a shelf on African Americans in sports. Of course there’s not enough room for all of them so don’t forget to check out our full collection of Black History Month books and films. Also, follow us on Pinterest and scroll through our Black History Month pin board for interesting facts, posts, and activities.

For information contact Nina Rose, Assistant Library Administrator and Outreach Librarian, 305-628-6665, nrose@stu.edu

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