PC Celebrates Black History Month
Presbyterian College celebrated the culture, history and accomplishments of African Americans in February during Black History Month.
If you were on campus during #4TheCulture: An Appreciation Day, Feb. 13, you might have seen many of our students wearing T-shirts honoring African American heritage. They stopped by a table in Greenville Dining Hall during the day to share why they honor black culture and history: from music, food, hair, politics and dance.
The Rev. Racquel Gill, assistant chaplain in PC’s office of Religious Life & Multicultural Community Engagement, hoped all would be a part of their experiences during the month of programming.
“One of my hopes for Black History Month programming here at PC was to show the vast impact that black people have made in every sphere of humanity,” Gill said. “From fashion to cuisine to theology to the arts, black people have made a mark in every field.”
The month featured an art exhibit, cooking course, panels and lectures.
Members of the public joined us in Kuhne Auditorium in Neville Hall Feb. 18 for the Black History Month Convocation speaker, Dr. Paula Ioanide. She’s an associate professor of comparative race and ethnicity studies at the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presented the event.
The following day, Imani: A Celebration of Black Faith, with PC's Department of Religion, also brought members of the local community to Neville Hall.
The Clinton College and Presbyterian College choirs led by Dr. Tony McNeil performed moving selections, opening with the hymn, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” as well as singing, “Heal Our Land” and “Building Up the Kingdom.”
Dr. Kirk Nolan, associate professor of religion, provided remarks on black faith and church tradition. Guests also heard from the Rev. Dustin J. Pickett, campus minister for Diversity at the University of Dayton.
The month closed with a panel on Bayard Rustin, an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Will Harris, history professor, joined members of the organization, Spectrum, and other attendees spoke about Rustin’s accomplishments. They included helping establish the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, working to coordinate the Freedom Rides in 1961, serving as a key adviser and mentor for MLK, and working to set up the March on Washington in 1963.
Whether joining in song or discussion, the campus and community played a significant role in our celebration of black history and American history.
About PC: Presbyterian College is between Columbia and Greenville, in the college town of Clinton, S.C. At PC, we’re noted as much for our challenging academics as we are for our one-of-a-kind mascot: the Blue Hose. Our students are one-of-a-kind too: They bring their own interests and abilities to campus and pursue them with gusto. Students customize their education by choosing from 50-plus majors and pre-professional programs. They’re taught and mentored by a faculty whose #1 priority is their students’ success. Students research, intern, and study abroad. And they get involved on campus, a place defined by honor and ethics. PC prepares students to be fulfilled personally and professionally so they can contribute to today’s global society.