LEWISTON, Idaho – Presentations, music, basketball games, and a film screening are all part of the Lewis-Clark State College Black History Experience during February.
All events, except the basketball games, are free and open to the public. The basketball games will have their usual admission prices.
Events kick off Wednesday with award-winning playwright and performer Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum performing her one-woman show “Walking with My Ancestors: Cape Coast Castle” at the LC State Silverthorne Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Aduonum is a professor of ethnomusicology and Black music at Illinois State University, and also directs the African Drumming and Dance Ensemble there.
On Thursday, Aduonum will spend most of the day with LC State students and faculty, discussing the show, her work as an ethnomusicologist, and her book “Walking With Asafo in Ghana: An Ethnographic Account of Kormantse Bentsir Warrior Music,” which was published last fall. At 4 p.m. she will lead an African drumming and dance workshop at the Silverthorne Theatre.
A film screening “Mighty Times: The Children’s March” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 in Room 112 of Sacajawea Hall on the LC State campus. The 40-minute documentary is about the civil rights marches held in the 1960s in Birmingham, Ala. Following the documentary, LC State student Kenneth Baidoo will read a folk story from his home country of Ghana. A brief discussion of both the film and the story will follow.
On Feb. 17, the LC State athletic department will recognize and pay tribute to The Secret Game, which was the historic contest between North Carolina Central University and the Duke University medical school basketball teams in 1944. Because African American teams were prohibited from participating in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) events, the game had to take place in secret behind locked doors. The LC State basketball teams will play Multnomah University at the P1FCU Activity Center with the women’s game at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m.
Anthropologist Terry Buffington will give a presentation and answer questions about her civil rights movement collection, which is archived at the University of North Carolina. The presentation, “The Terry Buffington Papers, 1952-2014” will address Buffington’s work in the Civil Rights movement as well as in the field of anthropology. As a sixth-generation Mississippian born under Jim Crow, Buffington combines first-hand experience and her knowledge of archival research to teach about Jim Crow, segregation, and the Civil Rights movement. This event will be held in Sacajawea Hall, Room 112, at 7 p.m.
A mobile installation “Civil Rights: Oppressed Voices,” will also be on display.
Programming for Black History Experience events at LC State is made possible by the Rosehill Estate, and is supported by the college’s Humanities Division, social work program, athletic department, and the Center for Teaching & Learning, along with the Associated Students of LCSC. The Black History Experience planning committee includes students and faculty from various disciplines.
For more information about Black History Experience at LC State contact Sarah Graham at [email protected].