Story of Booker T. Washington to be featured in Winter Chautauqua Feb. 28

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Story of Booker T. Washington to be featured in Winter Chautauqua Feb. 28

February 17, 2009

The story of a slave born in Virginia will be featured during Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid’s annual Winter Chautauqua on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10:30 a.m., beginning with a workshop. “Booker T. Washington: An Innovator in Education and Race Relations” will be performed by Joseph P. Bundy.

This performance in the commons area at the Enid campus is free.

Bundy will take part in the workshop followed by a noon brown bag luncheon the same day. Both of those events will be in the board room and also are free.

Washington’s story begins as a child when he was forced to labor in the salt works and coal mines. From his humble beginnings he rose to graduate from a university in Virginia and became the first principal of the Tuskegee Institute and became an internationally known leader, famed orator and political power figure.

One hour of university credit from Northwestern can be earned in humanities by enrolling in HUM 4480, Winter Chautauqua Booker T. Washington: Innovator in Education and Race. Students will be required to attend all public Chautauqua events, watch a video with additional discussion and read “Up from Slavery: an Autobiography (An African American Heritage Book),” by Booker T. Washington. Other requirements include writing a book report, reflection paper and journal as assigned. Interested persons should contact Dr. Cheryl Evans, Enid dean, at (580) 213-3105 or prior to Feb. 27.

Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH. The event is sponsored by Enid Chautauqua Council, The Greater Enid Arts & Humanities Council and Northwestern.