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Whitworth University to Host “Black History is American History” Series Featuring Keynote Speaker Dwayne Hunt

February 16, 2022

Whitworth University is proud to host a series of discussions centered on the theme “Black History is American History” in celebration of Black History Month.

Dwayne Hunt, senior pastor of Abundant Grace Fellowship in Memphis, Tenn., will give the first two presentations of the series virtually via Zoom. On Feb. 18 at 6 p.m., Hunt will lead a discussion with members of Whitworth’s Black Student Union and Umoja club titled “Embracing Your Blackness and Learning to Thrive in Predominately White Spaces.” To view this discussion live, click here

On the Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., Hunt will share his experiences of integrating schools in Memphis, Tenn., during an online lecture sponsored by the Whitworth Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and academic affairs. To view this discussion live, click here. Hunt will also talk about why he feels it’s important for Christians to realize that Black history is American history. Whitworth Interim Chief Diversity Officer Roberta Wilburn, Ed.D., will conduct a question-and-answer session following the discussion.

"People often think that Black history is only for Black people, but it is a celebration of the contributions to this country by African ancestry people who were born and raised in America, many as slaves and indentured servants,” Wilburn says. “Throughout history, people of African ancestry have played a significant role in the development of this country, and it is important that all people realize that Black history is American history. We believe this will be a time of enlightenment, courageous conversations and empowerment.” 

Wilburn will present the final discussion of the series on Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building Crow’s Nest. Her lecture, titled “The Contributions of African American People to American Life,” is free and open to the public.

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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