Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date January 25, 2008

For More Information: Brenda Rayner 901-333-4247

LeMoyne-Owen College to Receive Carter G. Woodson Award of Merit

The twentieth annual Carter Godwin Woodson Award of Merit Ceremony is set for Tuesday, February 5, 2008 in the Union Campus Theatre at Southwest Tennessee Community College, starting at 10:50 a.m. A reception follows the program.

The award this year will go to LeMoyne-Owen College for being, according to the nominator, “An oasis of interracial harmony and multicultural teaching and learning in a segregated South for over 130 years.” The nomination further states that, “LeMoyne-Owen has produced many (nine) of the former recipients of this award,” which goes to either an individual, an agency, or an organization exemplifying Dr. Woodson’s legacy of historical accuracy through inclusion. Dr. Johnnie B. Watson, LeMoyne-Owen’s president, will accept the award and offer a response. Lemoyne-Owen’s concert choir will perform. Southwest President Nathan Essex will give the closing remarks. This event initiates Southwest’s participation in the national observance of African American History Month and is sponsored by the Diversity Committee.

“Carter Godwin Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism” is the 2008 theme selected by the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH). This organization was founded by Dr. Woodson in 1915. He also founded “Negro History Week” (now African-American History Month). The theme honors him for his pioneering efforts and advocacy for multicultural education as a means of eradicating racism and self doubt. He said, “If you leave it to one group to extol the virtues of all groups, it won’t be long until only that group will have virtue.

Other Black History Month activities are planned; for more information call Clarence Christian at 901-333-5203.