Black History Month to be Celebrated at University Campus and in Virginia

January 30, 2014

A number of events are being planned at Saint Leo University to commemorate February as Black History Month. If you are unable to attend Professor Heschel’s talk in person, it can be viewed via this link:

Three events open to the public are:

  • At University Campus, Professor Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, will speak at 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, on “Praying with My Legs: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Civil Rights in America.” Professor Heschel (pictured) is the daughter of Rabbi Heschel and she will discuss her father’s work with the civil rights leader. Her talk will be in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center, and is sponsored by the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University. The center can be reached at (352) 588-7298.
  • In Newport News, Va., Saint Leo University welcomes the community to a reception and talk the evening of Thursday, February 20. The reception begins at 5 p.m., with a poster session featuring significant black sociologists and psychologists. At 6 p.m., historian Robert Trent Vinson of the College of William & Mary will speak on: “Africa for the Africans: Marcus Garvey, South Africa and the Global Anti-Apartheid Movement.” Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) was a fascinating leader who advocated for pride in African history and culture and wanted to unite people from the African diaspora politically and socially. Although his black nationalist views and Pan-Africanist philosophy were controversial, Garvey became an inspiration to later civil rights leaders.

    The event is sponsored by the School of Arts & Sciences. Saint Leo’s Newport News Education Office is in the Compass Pointe office park, just off Interstate 64, and at the intersection of Canon Boulevard and Old Oyster Point Road. Saint Leo is in the building at 1 Compass Way, Suite 106, Newport News, 23606. To RSVP, visit this link: For more information, email Dr. Maureen Mathews at or call the office at (757) 249-0390.

  • At University Campus, Dr. Terrence J. Roberts, will present a firsthand account of one of the civil rights movement’s watershed moments in “Lessons From Little Rock,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 27, in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. Dr. Roberts was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, where the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School (pictured). He will discuss the opposition he and his fellow students faced, and the fight for desegregation. Dr. Roberts (shown in recent photo) eventually obtained a doctorate in psychology from Southern Illinois University and became a college professor and consultant. In 1999, he and the other Little Rock Nine students received a Congressional Medal of Honor from President Clinton.

Dr. Roberts’ appearance is sponsored by the Division of Student Services. For more information, email Paige Ramsey-Hamacher or call her at (352) 588-8489.