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MBU Holds Series of Events to Honor Black History Month

Missouri Baptist University will celebrate Black History Month on Feb. 2 with speaker series featuring Dr. James Paine, chief operating officer of Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Care, and Dr. Bill Leonard, professor of Baptist Studies and Church History at Wake Forest University.

At Myrtle Hilliard Davis, Paine works with the St. Louis community to provide care to primarily African-American communities without access to quality healthcare and insurance. Paine has also worked at Logan University as dean of student services and senior associate director for Housing and Residence Life at St. Louis University.

Leonard, the founding dean at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, is set to speak on the following topics: “New Strides Toward Freedom: MLK and the Quest for Justice” and “Eating and Drinking with Jesus: Has Everyone Been Served?” Leonard has authored 24 books including “Baptist Ways: A History and The Challenge of Being Baptist.” Leonard’s series, titled “Justice Songs: New Strides Toward Freedom,” focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. as a case study in issues of justice grounded in African American Baptist life.

The series will launch a host of activities MBU students and staff have planned to recognize and reflect on the accomplishments of African Americans in U.S. throughout February.

“God has blessed MBU with tremendous diversity in its student body,” said Senior Vice President for Student Development Andy Chambers. “African-American students are making incredible contributions here. Their presence, leadership and faith are all impacting the University in positive ways, and I believe it is important that we recognize this and celebrate it.”

The student-led Association of Black Collegiates (ABC) will be partnering with MBU to provide multiple events throughout the month.

“There needs to be a time for them to be recognized and celebrated because they are the reason for multiple accomplishments in the black community,” said freshman and ABC member Ja’Nique Brown.

Spring Speaker Series
Feb. 2 and 3 at 11 a.m. in the Pillsbury Chapel

Diversity & Reconciliation: A Starting Place for Discussion
Monday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. in the Perk
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to come together for a look at the cultural climate in our society followed by an open discussion. Cookies, coffee and tea provided.

Enactus Chapel & Soul Food
Thursday, Feb. 11, 1 p.m. in the Dining Hall
On Thursday, free samples of soul food will be provided in the Dining Hall at 1 p.m.

Dessert and Jazz
Thursday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall
A time to reflect on African-American culture with jazz music, desserts and a monologue to shed light on important figures in black history.

Dr. James Paine and Reception
Thursday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m. in the Perk
A chance to meet chapel speaker Dr. James Paine with a variety of food available.