Willamette to Honor Black-American Leaders

Willamette University presents an event highlighting Black History Month: "Celebrating Our Past and Honoring Our Living Legends", Thursday, Feb. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. The celebration is free and open to the public.

The event will feature music, song and dance, dramatic readings, and poetry. Willamette will also be celebrating the accomplishments of Oregon's living African-American legends in education, community service and leadership.

The honorees include:

  • Dr. Benjamin Canada, superintendent, Portland Public Schools
  • George Russell, superintendent, Eugene Public Schools
  • Geraldine Hammond, retired school administrator, Salem-Keizer School District
  • Hon. Margaret L. Carter, state representative, District 18, Portland
  • Hon. Avel Gordly, state representative, District 19, Portland
  • Jackie Winters, state representative
  • JoAnn Bowman, state representative
  • Hon. James A. Hill Jr., former treasurer, State of Oregon
  • Dr. Daniel O. Bernstine, president, Portland State University
  • Dr. M. Lee Pelton, president, Willamette University

The Salem Gospel Choir will appear for a special performance and a reception will follow the event. This event is sponsored by the Willamette University Black Student Organization and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, call 503-370-6294.