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Gardner-Webb Hosts Events to Celebrate Black History Month

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Spirit Week Recognizes Contributions of Black Individuals Throughout History

Lawrence Brinson, director of the GWU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, speaking to a group.
Lawrence Brinson, director of the GWU Office of Diversity
and Inclusion, has several programs planned to celebrate
Black History Month.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—During Black History Month in February, the Gardner-Webb University Office of Diversity and Inclusion led by Director Lawrence Brinson is sponsoring events to recognize the extraordinary contributions of Black individuals throughout history. University Communications will also highlight several students who are making a difference on campus and in their communities. Through their creative passions and leadership skills, these students honor their heritage and encourage others to achieve their dreams. Their stories will be shared in the GWU Newscenter.

It’s also African-American Reading Month, a time to discover the diverse literature that reflects the experiences, resilience, and creativity of the African-American community. Readers can explore a wide range of perspectives from classic works by great authors like Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and Maya Angelou, to contemporary voices that are shaping the literary landscape. Reading connects individuals with other cultures and fosters a deeper appreciation for the narratives that contribute to the vibrant mosaic of African-American culture.

Black History Spirit Week

Black History Spirit Week is a great opportunity to learn, share, and honor the extraordinary contributions of Black individuals throughout history. Acquiring this knowledge fosters unity, understanding, and a deep appreciation for the diverse narratives that have shaped the world.

  • Feb. 6 – 6 p.m., Education and Achievement Day. Wear gold to represent excellence, achievement, and success. Panel discussion featuring African-American alumni and professionals to highlight achievements and contributions to education and society. Tucker Student Center, Rm. 141.
  • Feb. 7 – 6 p.m., Cultural Appreciation Day. Wear green to symbolize the rich land of Africa and growth. Cultural fair showcasing various aspects of African-American culture, including art, music, dance, and literature. Tucker Student Center, Third Floor Lobby.
  • Feb. 8 – 6 p.m., Social Justice and Advocacy Day. Wear black to signify resilience, strength, and solidarity. Diversity Dialogue focused on social justice issues, activism, and advocacy. Tucker Student Center, Third Floor Lobby.
  • Feb. 9 – 6 p.m., Legacy and Future Day. Wear a combination of red, black, and green to represent the Pan-African flag and the unity of the African diaspora. Tucker Student Center.

Black History Month Dinner

The Black History Month Community Dinner and Dialogue will be held on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall. Registration will be required for this event due to limited space. The deadline for registration is Feb. 20. The event is free for faculty and staff and $10 for guests. Registration details to come.

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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