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SHSU history deptartment hosting Black History Month film and speaker series

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Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2013 00:02

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The Sam Houston State University History Department is hosting a Black History Month speaker and film series aimed at learning about the major developments in Black History.  Professors will talk about different things that affect African Americans and films featuring black history will be shown, according to Director of Graduate Studies, Jeff Littlejohn, Ph.D.

Littlejohn wants students to walk away from this series wanting to learn more about African American History.


“We hope that the speech and film series will encourage students to develop interest in African American History and to realize many of the challenges that have taken place in the 20th century that have been results of the grass roots activists,” Littlejohn said. “Many activists are taking great risk to stop discrimination between 1865-the mid-20th century. “


Associate history professor at SHSU Wesley Phelps, Ph.D. is discussing the war on poverty in Houston and the way that African Americans were affected by that poverty at 9:30 a.m.

Associate professor, Bernadette Pruitt, Ph.D. is giving a brief overview of her upcoming book, “The Other Great Migration: Rural African Americans Move to Houston, Texas.”  In her book Pruitt talks about the way that African Americans from East Texas migrated to Houston and how they affected Houston at 11:00 a.m.


Littlejohn will be talking about intra-racial disagreements within the civil rights movement and the way lawyers within the NAACP deal with these disagreements at 12:30 p.m.

“Most of the time they [The NAACP] only get small cases, but even when they do get big results like Brown vs Board of Education the results take years, even decades,” Littlejohn said.

Visiting assistant professor, Lindsey Swindall, Ph.D., is also giving an overview of her book, “Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art.” Swindall’s book is about one of the great radical activists of the early 20th century, Paul Robeson at 2 p.m.


Visiting assistant professor, Lila Rakoczky Ph.D. will be talking about the contribution African Americans made in WWI and the racial discrimination they faced at 3:30 p.m.

The films being shown are: “The Help” on Feb. 11, “Red Tails” on Feb. 12, “Freedom Riders” on Feb. 18, “Malcolm X” on Feb. 19, “Citizen King” on Feb. 26 and “Neo African Americans” on Feb. 27.


The films being shown in the series will be on their respective dates at 6:00 p.m in the Olson auditorium in Academic Building 4. A discussion will follow the screenings.

Professors from SHSU and other universities will speak on campus on Feb. 19 in the Lowman Student Center, room 315.

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