Black History Month events set for Newport News, Savannah

February 06, 2017

The Saint Leo WorldWide community is celebrating Black History Month with several events.

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The first, Black Americans in Business: A Retrospective, is set for 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, February 8, at Saint Leo’s Newport News teaching location, One BayPort Way, Suite 160, Newport News, VA 23606.

Dr. James Womick, assistant professor of marketing at Saint Leo University, will highlight the fascinating achievements of notable African-American businesspeople, from the colonial period until today.

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Womick’s career spans more than three decades working in various marketing positions with notable companies such as Soft Sheen-Carson (a division of L'Oréal) and AT&T. In addition to teaching and his work as a professional marketer, he enjoys exploring the role of African-Americans in business and hopes to complete a book on the topic.

Everyone is welcome to this celebration and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Dr. Womick at, Dr. Eileen O’Brien at, or, or call (757) 249-0390.

On February 17, the Savannah Education Center will welcome Dr. Leroy “Zke” Zimmerman, president of 100 Black Men of Savannah.

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Zimmerman will presentMoving Savannah from Good to Greatat 11 a.m., at 7426 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Suite A, Savannah, GA  31406. There will be refreshments and giveaways.

The Savannah chapter of 100 Black Men of America Inc. was organized in 1996 to mentor and empower the area’s young people.

Zimmerman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from South Carolina State Colle; a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in education from George Washington University. He served in the military for 27 years and retired in 1993 at the rank of colonel.  He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat in Vietnam.

The 100 Black Men of Savannah organization focuses on mentoring, economic development, education, health and wellness, and leadership development.

For information and to RSVP, contact the Savannah Education Center at (912) 352-8331 or email

The Black History Month events in Newport News and Savannah are free and open to the public, alumni, students, staff, and faculty.

All locations of Saint Leo University continue to build on the history of serving students of all races, creeds, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. The university was integrated in 1898, when the Benedictine monks who founded the institution admitted a black student, Rudolph Antorcha, even though integration was not yet legal in Florida. The university is consistently ranked among the top 100 degree-granting institutions for minority students (85th for bachelor’s degrees and 46th for master’s degrees) by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.