Sumiton to host Black History Program
by RACHEL DAVIS
Feb 12, 2013 | 1636 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bevill State Community College’s Sumiton campus will present its 2013 Black History Program on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the exhibit hall. The program is hosted by the Sumiton Campus Leadership Team and will feature Wilson Fallin Jr., professor of history at the University of Montevallo.

The program will also feature entertainment from Carver High School’s strings ensemble, choir and drama group. The event is free and open to the public.

Fallin, who has taught classes on black history, civil rights and black history and struggle in Alabama during his 21-year tenure at Montevallo, will address the audience on the origins of Black History Month.

“I plan to talk about the importance of Black History Month and why we have it,” Fallin said. “I also plan to talk about why I believe we need to continue it.”

Fallin is the pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Birmingham and has written many professional papers on religious and cultural issues in the black community.

He published works that include: “Black Baptist Leadership and World War I;” a chapter in “The Great War in the Heart of Dixie;” and “Uplifting People: Three Centuries of Black Baptists in Alabama.”

Professional affiliations for Fallin include the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Jefferson County Historical Commission, Collegiate Press Advisory Board, National Baptist Convention Historian, Phi Alpha Theta, Alabama Historical Association, Alabama Association of Historians and the Southern Historical Association.

The Black History Month Program at the Jasper campus of Bevill State will be on Feb. 27.