FLORENCE – In celebration of Black History Month, the Francis Marion University African-American Faculty and Staff Coalition (AAFSC) has planned several activities on the campus.
The overall theme of this year’s festivities is “FMU Grows Its Own.”
“This year’s theme commemorates the achievements of our Francis Marion University forefathers and the ongoing contributions of our current university administration – forging an intellectual movement to educate and fostering an appreciation of cultural diversity,” said Sims.
On Monday, Feb. 2, the kickoff event will be held in Chapman Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. The speaker will be Nathaniel Durant Jr. He is a 1973 graduate of FMU who was recently honored as 23rd Most Worshipful Grand Master of Prince Hall Grand Lodge of South Carolina by the Ninth Masonic District. He is currently employed with ESAB Welding and Cutting Systems of Florence, serving as facilities manager. His wife, Joyce, is the interim dean of Rogers Library at FMU.
On Thursday, Feb. 19, the Coalition will hold its annual scholarship banquet in Ervin Dining Hall with a reception hosted by FMU President and Mrs. Fred Carter at 6 p.m. and the program beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person with proceeds going toward the group’s scholarship funds and functions.
The keynote speaker is State Law Enforcement Division Director Reggie S. Lloyd. Appointed to his post by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, Lloyd previously served as U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina.
In that capacity, Lloyd was chief federal prosecutor for the state and chairman of the district's Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee. Prior to that, Lloyd served as a S.C. Circuit Court judge for three years. Before being elected judge, Lloyd practiced law in Columbia in both the private and public sectors, most recently for the firm Nelson Mullins, and prior to that for the House Judiciary Committee and the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.
The Coalition will conclude its Black History Month festivities with “FMU Grows Its Own: A Night of African Expression” to be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, in Chapman Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. The featured performer for this event will be Queen Quet, founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition. This event will also feature the Lady Phantoms Dance Troupe of Florence.
In addition, there will be student enrichment activities sponsored by the Coalition during the month of February including a student scavenger hunt of facts pertaining to black history month.
More information is available by calling Steven Sims, president of the FMU AAFSC, at (843) 661-1299. For tickets to the Coalition’s annual scholarship banquet, contact Dominic Davis, chair of the Coalition’s planning committee, at (843) 661-1297.
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