In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History launched the first Negro History Week. This event later evolved into Black History Month, first recognized nationally by President Gerald Ford as part of the country's bicentennial celebration. Today, Woodson is known as the "Father of Black History" and the "Father of Black History Month."

Bluefield State College has several virtual events planned to recognize Black History Month 2021. Our kickoff speaker will be Bluefield State faculty member and subject matter expert in African American History and Race, Dr. Montague.

Racial Realism: Confronting Systematic Racial Challenges in 21st Century America

Wednesday, February 3rd @ 2PM

Dr. Rodney Montague

Dr. Rodney Montague serves as a Professor of History in the Social Sciences Department, specializing in American History, African American History, and Race at Bluefield State College.

Dr. Montague earned his Masters and Doctorate from Columbia University. His research focus is on American understandings of nationalism, political economy, and labor via the lens of class and race.

His more recent research has been on examining the European philosophical underpinnings Black suffrage and scholarship in early 20th century America.

The Stigma of Blacks in Healthcare: Where Do We Go From Here

Thursday, February 11th @ 2PM

Dr. Daniel Wells

Dr. Daniel Wells is a graduate of Bluefield High School and majored in Biology with a minor in Chemistry obtaining his bachelor's at Marshall University.

After graduating, he attended The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and obtained his Doctorate.

Daniel has worked in pharmacy for 6 years now, just recently starting his own pharmacy, Southview Pharmacy, and a healthy eating alternative restaurant, Pita Pit.

He serves as a Board member on the Mercer County Health Department as well as the Bluefield Economic Development Authority.

The Impact of Slavery on America

Wednesday, February 17th @ 2PM

Gary Moore

The Reverend Garry Moore was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is a 1976 graduate of Amherst County High School. Following high school, he became a student in an international singing and educational organization called Up With People. Pastor Moore received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bluefield College in 1993. He received his Masters of Divinity from Virginia Union University in 1997.

Pastor Moore has pastored three churches during his career: the Mount Evergreen Baptist Church of Evington, Virginia; the Mount Shiloh Baptist Church of Spout Spring (Appomattox), Virginia, and currently the historic Scott Street Baptist Church of Bluefield, West Virginia, where he has served for 30 years. In addition, Pastor Moore served on the City of Bluefield Board of Directors for ten years and as the City’s mayor from 2005 – 2007.

Rev. Moore is also the 2016 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Advocate of Peace Award, given by the State of West Virginia. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Governors for Bluefield State College.

The Purpose of Your Identity

Wednesday, February 24th @ 2PM

Nigel Wallace

Meet Nigel Wallace.

Nigel is 27. He was born & raised in the mountains of Logan, WV. He attended college at Marshall University, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management & Marketing, while minoring in entrepreneurship.

In March of 2020, Nigel released his literary debut, titled: Humanity's Table. A book of poetry, art, and expression, pulling on the power of vulnerability – showing how it can shape community.

He is passionate about arts, identity, and education – the mediums of publishing and public speaking allow him to best express himself. On top of writing & speaking, Nigel is a full-time Peacemaker at the Global non-profit, Preemptive Love.

In his time with Bluefield State College, he hopes to help students sink beneath the surface for the sake of thinking thoughts of: who they are, who they want to be, and what mark they wish to leave on the world.

Original Roots

Wednesday, March 3rd @ 11AM


Historical presentation about the maturation of the Black race. This informative presentation, unlike the information taught in today’s educational system, will provide a different perspective about the development of Black people.

The mission of Emerging Leaders Institute is to provide students with opportunities for leadership development by offering a comprehensive, curricular and co-curricular program grounded in leadership theory and practice that promotes civic engagement, enhances academic productivity, and emphasizes the ethical responsibilities of individuals and organizations.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Dr. Cravor Jones.