Bethune-Cookman University to host Black History Month Assembly

Jelani Favors, an author and history professor, will deliver the keynote address on the importance of historically Black colleges and universities.

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The Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Google Maps
The Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Google Maps
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Bethune-Cookman University will host a Black History Month Assembly on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 11:15 a.m. at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, located on campus at 698 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach. The assembly is free and open to the public.

Jelani Favors will deliver the keynote address speaking from the topic, "The Greatest Art is the Greatest Propaganda: The Value of the Black Aesthetic and the Legacy of HBCUs."

Favors is the Henry E. Frye Distinguished Professor of History and inaugural director of the Center of Excellence for Social Justice at North Carolina A&T State University. He is the author of the 2020 Stone Book Award winner, "Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism," which is largely recognized as resetting the narrative on the legacy of HBCUs as incubators of student activism and leadership.

“We are thrilled to host Dr. Favors on campus as the keynote speaker for our Black History Month assembly,” said Crystal A. deGregory, director of the Center for the Study of Women and Girls at B-CU and lead organizer of the Black History Month Assembly. “As we commemorate the 120th anniversary of our beloved HBCU, Dr. Favors’ timely commentary on the value and legacy of these historic institutions is sure to leave a mark on B-CU students, faculty and staff, and the broader community.”


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