Dr. Miriam Jorge

Dr. Miriam Jorge

Dr. Miriam Jorge, associate professor at the School of Education at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil, will deliver two lectures at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) on February 29 and March 1, 2012.

She will speak on “Affirmative Action and Race in Brazil” on Wednesday, February 29, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 207 C of the Thompson Student Services Center.  At 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 1,   she will lecture on “Critical Approaches to Foreign and Second Language Education: Reflections from a Brazilian Perspective” in Room G19 in the Anderson Center.  The lectures are being sponsored by the offices of International Programs, the Department of English and Foreign Languages and the Department of Educational Leadership Counseling and Professional Studies at WSSU.

Jorge is the Brazilian coordinator of the CAPES/FIPSE Consortium on “Legacies of the African Diaspora in Brazil and the United States: Persistent Inequalities,” that includes Winston-Salem State University, UNC-Charlotte and three universities in Brazil. Currently, she is a visiting Scholar at UNC Charlotte.

Jorge earned a Ph.D. in applied linguistics and teaches on English as a foreign language.  Through her work with affirmative action organizations, she develops research on race relations in Brazil and teaches courses on “race and education.”  Jorge has worked as a visiting scholar at the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara  and in 2007 she was invited to give lectures about affirmative action in Brazil at Purdue University, Howard University, and Indiana University, Bloomington. Jorge coordinates the latu-sensu graduate course on African and Afro-Brazilian History and Culture.

Roxanne Jones

Roxanne Jones

More than 100 students were present for the address of Roxanne Jones, a founding editor of ESPN The Magazine and former vice president at ESPN, who spoke at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. in the R.J. Reynolds Center room 136 as part of Black History Month activities.

The event was co-sponsored by WSSU’s Offices of Academic and Student Affairs.

In her roles at ESPN The Magazine and ESPN, Jones created award-winning programs across television, print and online media platforms, in addition to appearing on air as a lifestyle correspondent. She is the co-author of Say It Loud, the Illustrated History of the Black Athlete and is currently the CEO of Push Marketing Group, a media strategy and content development firm. Learn more here.

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Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will join the U.S. Postal Service to formally dedicate commemorative postage stamps honoring three legends of American history and culture, one of whom is a North Carolina native, on Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. in Diggs Gallery on the campus of WSSU. This event is free and open to the public.

John H. Johnson, the trailblazing publisher of Ebony, Jet and other magazines, and Barbara Jordan, one of America’s most respected and influential politicians during her many years in U.S. Congress in the late 20th century, are the most recent subjects in the Postal Service’s popular Black Heritage Stamp series. The third stamp subject is Romare Bearden, a North Carolina native and one of America’s most prolific artists.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to pay homage to three people who became some of our country’s most distinguished, important and inventive voices in our history,” said Dr. Trae Cotton, WSSU vice chancellor for student affairs. “Recognizing cultural, historical and artistic brilliance on stamps has become a tradition here at WSSU and an important way to showcase our heroes to a new generation.”

All stamps being dedicated are issued as Forever stamps, which are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. Bearden’s artwork is depicted on a set of four Forever stamps.

“Honoring these national icons on stamps means that the legacies they created can be strengthened by the awareness these stamps create when traveling throughout the postal system,” said Toni W. Gorman, Postmaster, Winston-Salem and the dedicating official.

Johnson overcame poverty and racism to build a business empire embracing magazines, radio stations, cosmetics, and more. His magazines portrayed black people positively at a time when such representation was rare, and played an important role in the civil rights movement.

Jordan was the first African-American woman elected to the Texas legislature. She also was the first African-American elected to the Texas State Senate since 1883, and the first African-American woman elected from the South to the U.S. Congress, where she served three terms, sponsoring and supporting numerous pieces of legislation extending federal protection of civil rights.

Bearden is celebrated for his groundbreaking approach to collage along with his work in watercolors, oils, and other media. Among Bearden’s early paintings were figural works recalling his childhood roots in the South, done in gouache on brown paper. Music, in particular jazz and the blues, was a strong influence on Bearden’s art. Three Bearden originals are part of the WSSU Collection.  They will be on display at the event.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. For more information, call 336-337-7628.

The stamps are now available at Post Offices nationwide and online at www.usps.com/shop. These stamps, as well as related collectible items, will be available for purchase at this event, which is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (336) 668-1257.

A lecture a by noted journalist, a symposium, a stamp unveiling and a theatrical performance highlight the schedule of Black History Month activities at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) during February.

The lecture will feature Roxanne Jones, author and a founding editor of “ESPN the Magazine” and former senior vice president of ESPN, and the stamp unveiling is part of the Black Heritage Series of U.S. Post Office Services.  A Black male symposium will be presented by Marc Anthony Neal, author of the book  “The New Black Male.” A theatrical performance will be presented by Antonio de Graffenreaidt, a local performer and WSSU alumnus.  Events are open to the public and most are free. The lineup includes:


•    Thursday, Feb. 2
Event:              AWAKE by WSSU Alumnus Antonio de Graffenreaidt is a New Age dramatic performance that explores the process and results of slavery. The play journeys from present day “African-America”, where three individuals are transported through time via the Trans-Atlantic-Slave-Trade to find what the meaning of being “black” truly represents.

Location:       WSSU’s Albert H. Anderson Conference Center, Dillard Auditorium
Time:               7 p.m.
Sponsor:         WSSU Office of Student Activities
Cost:               $5 general public, free for WSSU students with student I.D.
Contact:          Heather Davis, 336 750-3351


•    Monday, Feb. 6
Event:             African America Heritage Stamp Unveiling of  stamps honoring John H. Johnson, the trailblazing publisher of Ebony, Jet and other magazines, and Barbara Jordan, one of America’s most respected and influential politicians during her many years in U.S. Congress in the late 20th century, Romare Bearden, a North Carolina native and one of America’s most prolific artists.

Location:       WSSU’s Diggs Gallery
Time:              5 p.m.
Sponsor:        WSSU Office of Student Activities and the U.S. Postal Service
Contact:         Heather Davis, 336 750-3351

•      Thursday, Feb. 16
Event:              Black Male Symposium Panel: “The Reconstruction of a Man: Manhood & Masculinity” (morning panel).

Location:           WSSU’s Albert H. Anderson Conference Center, Dillard Auditorium
Time:                 10 a.m.
Sponsor:            WSSU Office of Student Activities & Black Men for Change
Contact:            Heather Davis, 336 750-3351

Event:                 Lecture: “The Reconstruction of a Man: Manhood & Masculinity,” by Mark Anthony Neal author of “The New Black Male.”

Location:            WSSU’s Albert H. Anderson Conference Center, Dillard Auditorium
Time:                   7 p.m.
Sponsor:             WSSU Office of Student Activities & Black Men for Change
Contact:             Heather Davis, 336 750-3351

Friday, Feb. 17
Event:              Lecture: Presentation by Roxanne Jones, a founding editor of “ESPN The Magazine” and former vice president at ESPN where she created award-winning programs and journalism across television, print and online media platforms, in addition to appearing on air as a lifestyle correspondent. She is the co-author of “Say It Loud, the Illustrated History of the Black Athlete” published by Random House.  She is currently the CEO of Push Marketing Group, a media strategy and content development firm.

Location:             WSSU’s R. J. Reynolds School of Business and Economics Building, Room 136
Time:                   2 p.m.
Sponsor:             WSSU Mass Communication Department and Office of Student Activities
Contact:             Heather Davis, 336 750-3351

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