Michael Wynn | Social Community Manager
Author Known for Scheduling Surprise Meetings with Ku Klux Klan Leaders to Headline Month-Long Black History Month Celebration at Post
Post University will mark the 96th anniversary of Black History Month this February with several in-person and virtual events, headlined by activist, author, lecturer, and musician Daryl Davis.
Davis, whose efforts to fight anti-Black racism are hallmarked by his surprise meetings with Ku Klux Klan leaders, will give his talk entitled “Why I, as a Black Man, Attend KKK Rallies,” on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. The event is open to all members of the University community.
Sponsored by Post University and its Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, with support from CEO & President John L. Hopkins and the University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advocacy Council, Davis will share insight into how his clandestine meetings with KKK leaders turned into unlikely friendships, leading them to renounce their previously held beliefs.
“We all have the ability to listen, engage, and learn from one another and we all have the power to change the world around us for the better,” Stephanie Caban, program chair for Management and chief diversity officer for The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business said. “Even if that ‘world’ is just our own household, workplace, or classroom, [Davis] proves that if a gifted musician can create an opportunity for dialogue, then we all can too. That’s what I want our Post community to leave his program knowing.”
In addition to Davis’ talk, other events commemorating Black History Month at Post include:
- A virtual watch party for the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History’s (ASAALH) opening session, describing this year’s theme, Black Health and Wellness, and acknowledging the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine.
- A virtual meet and greet with the members of the University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advocacy Council.
- The Social Justice Dialogue Series will host the virtual workshop “Surviving Racial Trauma” focusing on the importance of building resilience and alliances after experiencing racial trauma. The conversation will be facilitated by Nakia Miller, LCSW, a counselor in the Post University Counseling Center.
- “The Black History Quiz Show”, where participants will test their knowledge and challenge their assumptions, will return for the second consecutive year.
- A virtual presentation by Dr. Patrice Norris, the first Black woman president of the American Medical Association, where the impact of racial biases and inequities have had on the physical and mental health of Black Americans will be discussed.
Please visit the University’s United in Action page for all the events we have planned and information on how to participate.