Women’s History Month Events Scheduled at Claflin University

Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke

Claflin University will continue its annual celebration of Women’s History Month with a series of activities and events that empower and recognize the accomplishments of visionary women. The theme for this year’s Women’s History Month is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.”

Upcoming events include the third annual Beauty, Health and Wellness Expo scheduled for Saturday, March 23, at Tullis Arena in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health & Wellness Complex. The Expo will feature health and beauty education seminars, vendors, live entertainment, presentations by hair and makeup stylists and other activities. Claflin alumna, Ke’Onta Grant, ’10, will share information from her new book, “Keto Lifestyle in a Nutshell,” during the expo. Grant has lost more than 100 pounds with her new lifestyle.

Claflin’s Women’s History Month Luncheon will be held on Monday, March 25, at 12:15 p.m. in Ministers’ Hall. Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, vice president for strategic affairs and diversity at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), will be the keynote speaker. She is also professor of education in the School of Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, with affiliations in Africana Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Department of Sociology.

Pratt-Clarke has more than 20 years of administrative, academic, and legal experience in higher education, with a focus on executing and coordinating large-scale strategic initiatives that promote institutional transformation. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, she held senior administrative and faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Vanderbilt University.

Pratt-Clarke has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa with a major in English and minors in Philosophy and African-American Studies.  She received her master’s degree in literary studies from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in sociology from Vanderbilt University. In addition, she earned her doctorate in sociology and her law degree from Vanderbilt University.

Pratt-Clarke has authored several books and her most recent publication, “A Black Woman’s Journey from Cotton Picking to College Professor: Lessons about race, gender, and class in America,” was selected for a 2018 American Education Studies Association 2018 Critics’ Choice Award for recent scholarship deemed to be outstanding in its field.

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed legislation which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning

March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed legislation which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.

For more information about Women’s History Month events at Claflin, contact Mrs. Sadie Jarvis, director of counseling, at 803-535-5285 or by email at sjarvis@claflin.edu.

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