Goodwin College to hold Black History Month events

By Evan Pajer - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Feb. 8, 2013
Goodwin College will hold two events celebrating two major anniversaries for Black History Month.
Goodwin College will hold two events celebrating two major anniversaries for Black History Month.

February is Black History Month, and Goodwin College is planning several educational events throughout the month that will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. The college started its celebration of the month with an inaugural event on Jan. 31.

John Walters, who is coordinating the college's Black History Month events, said that so far the events the school planned have gone well. "The inaugural went really well, it kind of set the tone for things. They sent the Ghanaian choir in from East Hartford, we had remarks from President Scheinberg, I made some remarks as chair of the committee that put together the event," he said.

Walters said he and the college have been working with the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and Connecticut Humanities for two events during the month which mark the anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and King's speech. "They've given us some support for the 150th anniversary activity on the 12th, and the 50th anniversary of the MLK speech," Walters said.

Walters said the school hopes to make the most of the month as an educational opportunity. "The bottom line is we do this for the students and the community at the college," he said. "Many of the faculty said they intend to bring their students to some of the events. A lot of students showed up to the inaugural event we had last week."

Walters said that while Goodwin students will likely attend as part of their classes, teachers from the neighboring Connecticut River Academy will probably not be able to take advantage of them. "One of the problems we have for the two events is that one event is going to be held from 5 to 7:30, and the other is going to be from 2 to 4, so they're beyond the time of when their buses will be there," he said.

Walters said he will be on a discussion panel at both anniversary events. The first event, marking the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, was to be held on Feb. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the college's community room, while the second, marking the anniversary of King's speech, will be held on Feb. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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