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Gardner-Webb Joins National Observance of Black History Month

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Programs Celebrate the Contributions of African Americans in U.S. and Worldwide

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The National Theme for Black History Month 2023 is Black Resistance, which celebrates the stories of how African Americans have mobilized for freedom and justice through the years. Gardner-Webb University’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion Lawrence Brinson has planned events to recognize and honor the contributions of African Americans to society both in the United States and worldwide.

Lawrence Brinson
Lawrence Brinson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

“The Black experience has touched every facet of society, including the arts, sciences, politics, civil rights, and beyond,” Brinson reflected. “Black History is not just about learning about the challenges of African Americans. It is about achievement and the ability to have integrity, leadership, and determination in the face of many struggles.”

Black History Month was originally established as a week-long celebration in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, the second Black American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard. Woodson wanted to make sure school children were given the opportunity to learn about African Americans who played important roles in the creation of America.

“Moving to a more equitable and inclusive tomorrow starts with reflections on the past,” Brinson noted. “While February is designated as a time to celebrate Black heritage, may we remember and honor the tremendous impact of African Americans all year round.”

Black History Month Events

  • February 1-28
    • National African American Read-In (Exhibit in Dover Library)
      • Make literacy a significant part of Black History Month—and throughout the year—by reading books, poems, and speeches by black authors.
    • GWU Voices
      • Look for stories in the GWU Newscenter celebrating alumni and students who are impacting their communities.
  • Monday, Feb. 6
    • 3 to 4 p.m. – National Inventors’ Day: Highlighting Black Inventors, celebrate the lives and achievements of black inventors in history. Room 103, Dover Memorial Library.
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  • Thursday, Feb. 9
    • 2 to 4 p.m. – A Slice of History: Trivia and Free Pizza, Tucker Student Center Lobby.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14 (Frederick Douglass’ Birthday)
    • 3 to 4 p.m. – Frederick Douglass Day is celebrated on his birthday to remember this author, publisher, writer, orator, and most prominent African American abolitionist of his time. Room 103, Dover Memorial Library.
  • Monday, Feb. 20
    • 6 to 7 p.m. – Diversity Dialogues: My Hair, My Crown. A discussion aimed at celebrating Black hairstyles and diversity. Third Floor, Tucker Student Center.
  • Thursday, Feb. 23
    • Open Mic Night – 8 p.m., Tucker Student Center.
  • Black History Month: A Family Affair
    • TBD – Sign up with friends and compete for prizes in Black History team trivia. Enjoy good music and food while you test your knowledge of Black culture and history.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 working days prior to the event.  Please call 704-406-4270 or email [email protected] with your request.

Gardner-Webb University is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A Carnegie-Classified Doctoral/Professional University, GWU is home to nine colleges and schools, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and a world-class faculty. Located on a beautiful 225-acre campus in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb prepares graduates to impact their chosen professions, equips them with the skills to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and inspires them to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Ignite your future at

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