In Celebration Of the 100th Anniversary of The Souls Of Black Folk
¦ Cleveland State University, in partnership with 12 community organizations, presents “The Soul of W.E.B. Du Bois: Celebrating the Genius of an American Scholar,” a three-month citywide celebration of the famous civil rights activist and writer. The celebration kicks off during Black History Month in February and ends in early May. Celebration includes book discussions, a world premiers play, lectures and other free public events. For a complete calendar of events, please visit
.¦ North Carolina Central University‘s Department of English (Durham), in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of The Souls of Black Folk, will host a university speech contest for undergraduate students in February. Cash prizes to be awarded. Each contestant must submit a 6 to 8 minute speech on the following:
- “100 Years Since The Souls of Black Folk:
Where Have We Come From and Where Are We Going?”;
- “The Souls of Black Folk: Bridges Over Which We Have Crossed; Shoulders on Which We Stand”;
- “The Souls of Black Folk: 100 Years of Amazing Grace and Amazing Gifts.”
¦ Berklee College of Music (Boston) this month presents a lecture by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., Encarta Africana: “W.E.B. Du Bois to John Coltrane.”
¦ The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg) will host several discussions, facilitated by faculty and student leaders, on The Souls of Black Folk during the month of February. In addition, during Poetry Slam! Open mic night, participants will read poetry related to the theme “The Souls of Black Folk: Centennial Reflections.”
¦ The University of Wisconsin-Madison‘s Department of Afro-American Studies, in conjunction with the university’s Center for the Humanities, presents the scholarly symposium “The Souls of Black Folk: 100 Years Later” April 7-13. Numerous public events, lectures and performances are scheduled. Speakers include Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Mary Frances Berry, along with a performance by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. For the schedule of events, visit
¦ Morgan State University hosted a symposium “The Dawn of Freedom: The Legacy of The Souls of Black Folk” in February.
¦ Johns Hopkins University‘s Black Faculty and Staff Association and the Black Student Union co-sponsored a discussion of The Souls of Black Folk in February, moderated by Dr. Nahum Chandler, Du Bois scholar in the university’s Humanities Center.
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