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Kent State University at Stark Hosts Diversity Events to Celebrate Black History

Kent State University at Stark is committed to providing a diverse environment that recognizes the value of bringing together people from all cultures and backgrounds. To celebrate the many contributions that African Americans have made in our country, Kent State Stark proudly presents educational and entertaining events during Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public -- no tickets are required, and they will take place at Kent State Stark, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, in Jackson Township.

African Americans in Science   

Thursday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. in Main Hall Room 315

Robert Hamilton IV, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Kent State Stark, will discuss various African-American men and women in fields such as chemistry, biology, engineering and mathematics, who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering. The presentation will include an opportunity for questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be provided.

Electric Blues by the Wallace Coleman Band

Featuring an opening performance by Jody Getz & Friends
Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. in Main Hall Auditorium

Wallace Coleman, a 10-year veteran of the Grammy Award-winning Robert Lockwood Jr. Band, started his own band in 1996. He later established his own record label, which he named Ella Mae Music, in honor of his late mother. Coleman has released four critically acclaimed CDs on his label, including his latest release, Wallace Coleman Live, From Sao Paulo to Severance. Coleman has won a Living Blues Award for fan favorite, and also garnered two nominations for outstanding harmonica. He has been named an Ohio Heritage Fellow. His performance embodies an American art form that has all but disappeared from the African-American music landscape and is certain to captivate blues lovers of all ages.

African-American Ohioans in Baseball

Monday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. in Main Hall Room 315

Leslie Heaphy, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Kent State Stark, will discuss Ohio’s history of African Americans who have played and contributed to the sport of baseball. This event is co-sponsored by the Stark Campus History Club. The presentation will include an opportunity for questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be provided.

Conversation on Race:

Panel Discussion on Black Lives Matter Movement and the Confederate Flag   

Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Main Hall Auditorium

The presentation will include an opportunity for questions from the audience.

The panelists are:

  • Angela Walls Alexander, assistant prosecutor, Stark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Stark County NAACP vice chair of the Criminal Justice and Legal Redress Committee
  • Leonne Hudson, Ph.D., associate professor of history, Kent State University
  • Colin Louis, CEO, Greater Stark County Urban League
  • Gwendolyn Purifoye, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, Kent State Stark
  • Deirdre Warren, Ph.D., associate professor of criminology and justice studies, Kent State Stark

The panel moderator is Will Casterlow, admissions counselor at Kent State Stark.

For more information about diversity events at Kent State Stark, call 330-499-9600 or visit www.kent.edu/stark/diversity-events