U.S. Embassy Celebrating Black Excellence in February

The U.S. Embassy will be closing out Black History Month by focusing its attention on the best of the Black community.

Next Tuesday, February 28th, the Embassy will host a panel discussion on Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU’s) at the Barbados Community College. Embassy staff members and the former U.S. Ambassador to the Marshall Islands who are alumni of the prestigious HBCU’s Howard University, Hampton University, Delaware State University and Elizabeth City State University, will share their experiences with students. The talk which is open to the public, runs from 3 pm to 4:30 pm and will be streamed live via the web, will highlight the unique cultural traditions of HBCU’s.

The next three days will focus on black achievements in Hollywood, with a mini film festival at the National Library Service in Bridgetown. The Great Debaters, featuring Oscar winner Denzel Washington, will be screened on Wednesday, February 29th. It will be followed by Spike Lee's Four Little Girls and Akeelah and the Bee on March 1 and 2 respectively. Screenings are at 9:30 am each day.

The events are part of the Embassy’s “Celebration of Black Excellence” during February in which the institutions and accomplishments of African-Americans have been highlighted via social media. Throughout the month, the Embassy has featured a variety of themes, such as black entrepreneurs and inventors, black cities and communities, black cinema, and HBCU’s. These themes bring focus to successful African-Americans like heart surgery pioneer Daniel Hale Williams, vibrant communities like Harlem, and prestigious academic institutions like Howard University.

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