Black History Month at LC

Friday January 18 2013


A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the son of a Negro Baseball League umpire are among the highlights at Lynchburg College during Black History Month.

byron motley

Feb. 5, 7 p.m.  Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center

The Negro Baseball Leagues: An American Legacy

Byron Motley will share stories about his father, Bob, one of the only living umpires from the Negro Baseball League.  For more than 50 years, the Kansas City Monarchs, the Chicago American Giants, the St. Louis Stars, the Birmingham Black Barons, the Homestead Grays, and the Indianapolis Clowns were the Yankees, Cardinals, and Red Sox of black baseball in America.  For more than a decade beginning in the late 1940s, umpire Bob Motley called balls and strikes for many of their games, working alongside such legends as Satchel Paige, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and Willie Mays.    

Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Burton Student Center Westover Room

Red Tails, a film featuring Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ne Yo, Nate Parker, and Method Man.

This will be an entertaining prelude to Shaun Spencer-Hester’s talk on February 12. The movie is a recount of the first African- American fighter pilots in World War II, which included Shaun Spencer’s father, Chauncey Spencer. 

shaun spencer-hesterFeb. 12, 7 p.m. Burton Student Center East Room

Shaun Spencer-Hester: The Spencer Family Legacy

Shaun Spencer-Hester is the daughter of the famed Tuskegee Airman Chauncey Edward Spencer Sr. and the granddaughter of the Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer.  She will share memories of her family and pay tribute to their legacy. 

Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. Snidow Chapel

The LC History Department and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest will present Reflections on the Legacy of Emancipation. The panel discussion will feature: Dr. Adam Dean, Assistant Professor of History, Lynchburg College; Dr. Gary Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War, University of Virginia; and Lori Lee, Ainsworth Visiting Assistant Professor of American Culture, Randolph College.

douglas blackmon

Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. Sydnor Performance Hall, Schewel Hall

The John M. Turner Lecture in the Humanities

Douglas Blackmon, author, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II (2009 Pulitzer Prize and 2009 National Book Award); former reporter, The Wall Street Journal and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The talk is titled "A Persistent Past: Reckoning with Our Racial History in the Age of Obama.”

Feb. 26, 8:30 p.m. Burton Student Center Westover Room

Night at the Apollo Talent Contest

Lynchburg College Black Student Association is bringing together various talented individuals to see if they can get the approval of the crowd!  If you would like to show off your talent at this event and compete for great prizes contact

derrick thompsonFeb. 28, 7 p.m. Snidow Chapel

Derrick Thompson ’08: Choral Recital

“An Evening of Spirituals,” including Harry T. Burleigh's "My Lord, What a Mornin'" and Moses Hogan's "Deep River" will be performed by Derrick Thompson, a 2008 LC graduate and Madison Heights, Va. native. He has studied and performed under some of the world’s greatest performers, conductors, and educators including: leading female conductor Marin Alsop of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; director Craig Fields, former director of Opera on the James; Maestro Francesco Milioto; and British Maestro Nicholas Smith. Derrick is a fulltime music teacher in Charlotte County at Phenix Elementary, Central Middle, and Randolph Henry High.