UNG outlines plans for Black History Month activities – WGAU
Monica Kaufman Pearson, a longtime Atlanta journalist, will be the keynote speaker for Black History Month at the University of North Georgia. Pearson will speak at noon on February 16 for the virtual event.
Pearson was the first woman and the first minority to present the daily evening news in Atlanta, where she worked for 37 years at WSB-TV. She has won more than 33 Southern regional and local Emmy Awards for her reporting, anchoring, and celebrity interview show “Closeups.” When she retired, she was honored on the floor of the United States House of Representatives by the state’s bipartisan delegation for her years of service on and off the air to improve the lives of Georgian citizens.
“My late mother’s favorite saying was, ‘It’s what you do with what you have that makes you who you are.’ All Americans have benefited from the contributions made to this nation by black Americans, even though they have been denied human rights,” Pearson said. “There are lessons to be learned from black history. I look forward to sharing these lessons during my visit to the University of North Georgia.
Pearson recently announced that she will be joining CBS46 and PeachtreeTV as the host of two new shows, including an interview-themed series slated to begin this month.
“We are thrilled that the UNG community has heard from a local personality like Monica,” Kyle Murphyacting deputy director of Multicultural Student Affairs at the UNG, said. “She has a powerful story that will inspire students, faculty and staff.”
Pearson was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame in August 2016.
She is also a member of the University of Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame, and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
She is a survivor of breast cancer and liver cancer.
A “Courageous Talk” a panel including a student, faculty and staff, an alumnus, and a community member will be held virtually at noon on February 9.
MSA will host a movie night to watch “Soul” at 5:00 p.m. on February 23 at the Hoag ABC Rooms on UNG’s Dahlonega Campus. He will also host a movie day for “If Beale Street Could Talk” at noon Feb. 24 in the Robinson Ballroom at the Student Center on the Gainesville campus.
Black History Month is an annual celebration of the accomplishments of African Americans and a time to recognize their pivotal role in United States history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Black History Week,” the brainchild of famed historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.
President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling on the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the all too often overlooked accomplishments of black Americans in every walk of life in our history.”
the Afro Latin Carnival, scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on February 2 in the Robinson Ballroom, is a partnership between the Black Student Union (BSU), the Latino Student Association and Nighthawks Entertainment. Next, a cultural celebration will allow students to showcase their culture in any creative way at noon on February 10 in Nesbitt Room 3110 on the Gainesville campus. A conversation and arts event, hosted by BSU and the Arts Club, at noon Feb. 23 in room 1706 of the Arts and Technology Building on the Gainesville campus will highlight the inspiration behind famous black artists and d other creatives.
Deborah Kakou, president of the BSU at UNG’s Gainesville campus, particularly enjoys these types of events.
“We want to celebrate our culture and our creativity,” she said.
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