The annual Celebration of Black History at Lourdes University will take place Feb. 27 with keynote speaker Shirley Green, deputy mayor for the City of Toledo.
The event will be in the Franciscan Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and feature finalists in the institution’s speech writing competition as well as live music by the following performing groups:
Performers will include the Scott High School Concert Choir, with Director Robert Duris; David Carter Symphonic Choir, with Director Deborah Carlisle; Lourdes Chorus & Good Company Ensemble, with Director Karen T. Biscay; and Annette McClair, local poet and artist.
The university also will have a speech contest, open to Lourdes undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing. Participants will present their 4-6 minute speech (in oral and written form) to a panel of judges in the preliminary round. Up to three finalists will be selected and invited to present their speech during the Celebration of Black History Month. Prizes awarded for first through third places.
Topics for the speech include:
- Malcolm, Martin, Obama – are we still living the dream?
- Trailblazers in Black History and how they affect your life.
- What does it mean to have a black president?
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Larry Murphy, assistant professor of Sociology and Justice Studies, at 419-824-3825.