By staff, Wildcat Media
PINEVILLE, La. (LBM) – Louisiana College will host two events to celebrate Black History Month in February.
The school will host a symposium Feb. 2 and a Gospel concert Feb. 16. Both events will take place at 6 p.m. inside Guinn Auditorium.
“Recently, Niche.com recognized Louisiana College as the second most diverse college or university in Louisiana,” said Louisiana College President Rick Brewer. “The beauty of that fact is that this has happened not by a specific strategy but by people of all ethnicities desiring the Christ-centered educational experience we offer. At Louisiana College we celebrate our diversity by daily living out our Mission and Vision.”
“We really have something precious here at LC,” said Joshua Joy Dara, associate vice president for engagement and enrichment. Just look at the facts, our student body is diverse, our faculty is diverse, our staff is diverse, our coaches are diverse, our leadership is diverse and even our SGA is diverse.”
Panelists for the symposium will include:
— Juan Castro, professor of finance and economics, from Honduras
— Emmanuel Johnson, associate professor of social work, from India
— Neil Johnson, associate professor of English, from the United States
— Arthur Mazhambe, professor of business, from Zimbabwe
— Lillian Purdy, professor of English, from the United States
— Joshua Dara, assistant professor of criminal justice, from Nigeria
Meanwhile, the concert will feature a full Gospel choir including 9th Judicial District Court Judge David Williams on keyboard, Bobby Rhodes, a musician from Alexandria, on guitar, Henry Williams, pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Alexandria, on saxophone, and Brewer on the piano.
“I ‘cut my teeth’ on gospel music as a youngster playing piano and can’t wait for the opportunity to musically support our talented students at LC,” Brewer noted.
The events are free and the public is invited to attend. Social distancing guidelines will be practiced, and attendees should wear masks.