Black History Month Convocation

Tuesday, February 07    11 a.m. Ferrell Hall Auditorium


Dr. William H. Turner is WVSU's Guest Speaker for Black History Month


West Virginia State University is happy to welcome sociologist Dr. William H. Turner to campus during Black History Month. He is best-known for his ground-breaking research on African American communities in Appalachia, but his work is universal. Turner will be speaking on his research and life at 11 a.m. on Feb.7, 2023 in the Ferrell Hall Auditorium for the Black History Month Convocation.

Born in the coal town of Lynch, Kentucky, Turner is one of 10. Much of his family were coal miners, including his father, grandfathers, four uncles, and older brother. During his career, Turner studied and worked on behalf of marginalized communities, helping them create opportunities in the larger world while not abandoning their important cultural ties. He has studied economic systems and social structures in the urban south and burgeoning Latino communities in the Southwest. Through his research and work, Turner strives for prosperity, understanding and respect of those communities.


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