Dramatic speaker kicks off Black History Month at Marshall

By LUKE CREASY

The Herald-Dispatch

Carmen Mitzi Sinnott presents scenes from her internationally acclaimed solo play “Snapshot” during Marshall University’s Black History Month kickoff event Thursday at the Memorial Student Center in Huntington.
(Herald-Dispatch photo by Sholten Singer)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  — The Marshall University Carter G. Woodson Lyceum kicked off its celebration of Black History Month in the Memorial Student Center on Thursday evening with a dramatic performance from Carmen Mitzi Sinnott.

“Our program for this month and throughout the year at the Lyceum is celebrating Black History Month strictly as Woodson insisted we do,” Burnis Morris, Carter G. Woodson Professor and co-founder of the Lyceum, said. “He wanted the celebration to be educational and to emphasize what we’ve learned about black history in previous years. It should be an inclusion of the black story line with other story lines that make up history in chapters of respect for all races.”

Woodson is known as the “Father of Black History,” and his teachings encouraged African-Americans to learn more about their past. Sinnott, who served as keynote speaker and is a Diversity Committee member, performed scenes from her solo play “Snapshot” to tell her story of how she only found out how to truly live after discovering a piece of herself she never knew.

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