WSU Vancouver to kick off Black History Month

Black History Month kicks off with ‘Oh Freedom: Commemorating the Spiritual and the Underground Railroad’ from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tue., Feb. 4

VANCOUVER — Washington State University Vancouver recognizes Black history is American and world history every day throughout the year. During February, Black History Month, WSU Vancouver will create intentional space to honor the achievements, contributions and lived experiences of peoples of the African and Black diaspora.

Wesley Williams II
Wesley Williams II

Black History Month at WSU Vancouver kicks off with “Oh Freedom: Commemorating the Spiritual and the Underground Railroad” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tue., Feb. 4 on campus in Firstenburg Student Commons, Room 105. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at

H.L. Wright II
H.L. Wright II

“Oh Freedom” commemorates the powerful connection of the spiritual and the Underground Railroad through five dramatic movements. Carefully selected prose narratives from historical scholars, poems from specific time periods and spirituals that align with the text will give you the opportunity to commemorate the fusion of narrative and song to describe the evil, ugliness and authentic beauty of this significant time in U.S. and world history. Wesley Williams II is the creator and producer of “Oh Freedom.” He performs with H.L. Wright II.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service. Find a campus map at Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $4.

If you have a disability that requires special materials, services or assistance, contact the Access Center at (360) 546-9238 or as soon as possible to discuss your specific needs.

As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

Information provided by WSU Vancouver Communications.


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