The series is titled Evening Discussions: Lectures in the Arts, History and Culture.
The first lecture in the series will be a multimedia presentation by Charles Street, "100 Historical African-American Women."
Streets lecture will begin at 7 p.m., at the Martha Berry Museum, 24 Veterans Memorial Highway, near the corner of Loop 1 and Highway 27 in Rome. A reception with light hors doeuvres will follow immediately after the lecture.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students. Due to limited seating, advance reservations are advised. Call the Martha Berry Museum at 706-291-1883 to make reservations. Visit the Web site www.berry.edu/oakhill for information on upcoming lectures.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Charles Street lives in Decatur, Ga. He holds a B.A. from Livingstone College and a M.Div. from Hood Theological Seminary. A minister for 30 years, he is a former director of Adopt-A-Youth mentoring program of the Rowan County YMCA. Currently, Street serves as associate pastor of Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Smyrna, where he also serves as minister of the Prison Ministry Team. He is the president and founder of ClockArt by TBC.
100 Historical African-American Women" highlights the accomplishments of African-American women in art, athletics, aviation, business, civil rights, entertainment, education, journalism, law, medicine, politics, religion, literature, and exploration. In his presentation, Street provides information on such achievers as Sadie Alexander, the first African-American woman to graduate with a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctorate of Philosophy, and Juris Doctor degrees; and Charlotte Spears Bass, the first African-American woman to run for Vice President of the United States.
Dr. Merchuria Williams, president of the Georgia Association of Educators, says the presentation is exceptional "because it records both legendary figures and those with little notoriety. It is from the voices that are usually heard in the annals of our history and those we know not so well."
The lecture series will begin on the fourth Thursday each month, February-April, and will continue on the third Thursday each month, May-October.
Lecture dates and programs are scheduled as follows:
Feb. 22 100 Historical African American Women, Mr. Charles Street
March 22 The Most Charming Spot on Campus , Jennifer Dickey
April 26 Louvre Atlanta
May 17 TBA
June 21 "Deep Travel", Dr. Sandra Meek
July 19 TBA
Aug. 16 Dr. Carmen Butcher
Sept. 20 TBA
Oct. 18 "The Modernist Textile," Dr. Virginia Tro