Students from Dora High School and T.S. Boyd Elementary joined Bevill State students to hear the program, entitled “Sisters Speak.” The program focused on poetry by black female writers.
“I wanted to introduce them to some writers they may not know,” said Cooper, who is the vice president of institutional programs at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. “I wanted to help them feel empowered to be a force for positive change in their communities and in their worlds.”
The college wanted to emphasize to the students gathered that all history is important, and knowing the country’s history is an important part of the future.
“We just think it’s important from an administrative perspective from the college standpoint, to celebrate black history and to let people know that black history is not just something separate, alone and by itself,” Al Moore, Dean of Bevill State’s Sumiton campus., said. “Of course, we celebrate it in the month of February, but it is American history and it is a rich culture that really adds to the diversity of our great nation.”
Cooper is also an accomplished writer, dramatist and arts educator. She was awarded a 2006 Coming Up Taller Award at the White House for her work as the coordinator of the Birmingham Cultural Alliance Partnership. She has received numerous other awards from various organizations and entities.
The Huffman High School Choir and the Black Out Dance Crew performed at the program on Wednesday as well.