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2018 News Black History Month Presentation
March 05, 2018 : Chillicothe Campus Faculty Commemorate Black History Month


To commemorate Black History Month, the Cultural Committee at Ohio University Chillicothe sponsored presentations this week to honor the accomplishments of African-Americans around the world. Black History Month was designated as the month of February in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.  


On Feb. 26, 2018, Dr. Greg Obi, who is an immigrant from Nigeria and assistant professor of the Business Management Technology program at the Chillicothe Campus, discussed life and culture in Africa; specifically, how the experience of a black African-born person is different from a black American-born person.


Obi’s presentation, Authenticating the African Experience: Understanding Africa from an African Perspective, focused on the awareness of intersectionality and featured a video presentation encompassing the various cultural aspects of Nigeria. Obi shared, “The same stigmas apply to those in Africa, just on a different level. I grew up thinking I was wealthy, but it didn’t measure up to the wealth people have here in the U.S.”


Then, on Feb. 28, 2018, Dr. Lance Mekeel, visiting assistant professor of theater and communications, discussed the work of contemporary playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who is the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in drama (2002). Mekeel described some of her style as a playwright and then invited audience members to read some of her short plays aloud.


The readings in Mekeel’s presentation, Rep and Rev: The Dramaturgy of Suzan-Lori Parks, were a part of Parks’ book, 365 Days 365 Plays. The plays were written to depict everyday life and how we respond to such occurrences.


The presentations symbolized the struggle, yet profound endeavors African-Americans have achieved over time. “African-Americans have defined what America is and the equality of everything that defines the Land of Freedom. Many great people have sacrificed so much and that has given us the opportunity to enjoy the blessings we have,” shared Obi.