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Claflin University is celebrating Black History Month with a series of thought provoking, community events.

Black History Month evolved from Negro History Week and is seen as the month to celebrate the history, achievements and accomplishments of African-Americans. Since 1976, every American president has recognized and designated February as Black History Month.

Claflin's Black History Month events include panel discussions, documentary showings, workshops, worship services and more. Claflin will also join South Carolina State University on Feb. 8 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre.

Schedule of events

• Tuesday, Feb. 6 - Freshman Assembly - A Conversation with a Visionary Leader, Mayor Michael C. Butler. 11 a.m. W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center

• Wednesday, Feb. 7 - Orangeburg Massacre: It's Meaning and Legacy featuring Bakari Sellers, Dr. Cleveland Sellers and Judy Richardson. 4:30 p.m. South Carolina State University Fine Arts Building, Barbara Vaugh Recital Hall.

• Thursday, Feb. 8 - 50th Commemorative Ceremony of the Orangeburg Massacre. 11 a.m. South Carolina State University, Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center

• Wednesday, Feb. 14 - Lyceum Series presents "The Langston Hughes Project" featuring Dr. Ron McCurdy. 7 p.m. W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center.

• Thursday, Feb. 15 - Lyceum Series presents "An Evening with Cecil Williams". 7 p.m. GTK Auditorium

• Friday, Feb. 16 - "Black Panther" Movie Trip. AMC Dutch Square Mall (Columbia, S.C.).

• Saturday, Feb. 24 - Freedom Ride to Savannah, Ga. Bus leaves Claflin at 9 a.m. Return to Claflin by 7 p.m.

• Monday, Feb. 26 - #MeToo and the Intersection of Race and Gender. 4 p.m. James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel (Lower Level Room 6).

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