Randolph-Macon College will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of special
events in February 2010. The following events are free and open to the public.
Thursday, February 11: The movie “Crash” will be shown at 7:00
p.m. in the Copley Science Center, Room 100. A discussion, led by R-MC
Sociology Professor Amy Armenia, will follow the movie. This event is sponsored
by the R-MC Black Cultural Society and the Office of Student Life.
Wednesday, February 17: R-MC’s History Department will sponsor
a lecture by R-MC History Professor Michael Fischbach. “Civil Rights and Black
Power in the 1960s—Part I” will take place at 8:00 a.m. and again
at 11:30 a.m. in Washington-Franklin Hall.
Friday, February 19: Professor Michael Fischbach will present
“Civil Rights and Black Power in the 1960s—Part II” at 8:00 a.m. and
again at 11:30 a.m. in Washington-Franklin Hall.
Sunday, February 21: Charmaine McKissick-Melton will present “A Historical Narrative
of the Civil Rights Movement 1955-1965.” McKissick-Melton is the daughter
of famed Civil Rights leader and former Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) president
and “Soul City” founder Floyd McKissick. The discussion, which is sponsored by the
R-MC Office of Student Life, First-Year Experience Program, History Department and
Black Studies Program, will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Old Chapel, Room 212.
McKissick-Melton weaves the topics of black empowerment, positive self-esteem and
the role of media in political development and brings the audience up to the present.
She was awarded the Coca-Cola Minority Faculty Fellowship at The University of Notre
Dame, July-December 1992, where she taught a course titled “The Civil Rights Movement
McKissick-Melton is an associate professor in the Department of English and Mass
Communication at North Carolina Central University. She received her B.A. from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her M.A. from Northern Illinois University
and her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. She is currently working on preparing
the memoirs of her father and two narrative collection projects.
For more information on R-MC’s Black History Month, contact Director of Student
Life Shalise Bates-Pratt, at (804) 752-7318 or