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Feb 23 | Pillar College to honor Black History Month with online program February 23rd

Pillar College honors Black History Month with an online program on February 23

Pillar College is celebrating Black History Month with a free online program open to the public on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Thursday February 23approx. dr David Ireland will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will feature music, poetry and an intergenerational panel discussion with Black Pillar leaders and students. Registration for this event is available at

dr Joanne J. Noel, Professor of English and Associate Dean at Pillar, helps direct Black History Month activities at the college. She recently expressed her hope for greater involvement from the school’s wider community when discussing plans for the Zoom online celebration.

“In February, Pillar College is taking a break to reflect and celebrate Black History Month,” said Dr. noel “This year we are focusing on the theme ‘Moving Forward’ where students, faculty, alumni and community members meet virtually on February 23rdapprox by our keynote speaker, Dr. Ireland, who is a dynamic and inspiring world changer,” she said.

“Also at this gathering will be a panel discussion on how black men are using their faith to fight social inequalities,” continued Dr. Noel continued, adding that in addition to Pillar students, the panel will also include church leaders and community influencers, Bishop Hilton Rawls. Sr., Aaron Carr and Eric Johnson.

In addition to her Black History Month comments at Pillar, Dr. Noel that her recent visit to Kenya with other Pillar College staff has deepened her understanding of the contributions Black Americans have made to the world. dr Noel traveled to Africa in December as part of a group of Pillar who are working to learn about the culture of Kenya by forging relationships with that nation’s leading educators.

“Many contributions by Black Americans in food, music, religion, medicine, business and many other areas have flavored the American landscape and contributed to the wealth of this nation,” said Dr. noel “While a month is not long enough to celebrate all of these rich and relevant contributions, this month serves to recognize the tremendous historical and cultural impact of Black American achievement. The mantra “Black history is American history” resonates,” she said.

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About Pillar College

Founded in 1908, Pillar College is a college that offers a comprehensive education from a Christ-centered worldview. Pillar is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), licensed by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, and is a member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Pillar offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Pillar College educates, inspires and equips students for excellence in scholarship, service and leadership. Rooted and committed to Christian faith and love, Pillar encourages the intellectual, spiritual and social development of its diverse student body. Pillar College has campuses in Newark, Basking Ridge, Paterson, Plainfield, and Jersey City, New Jersey. For more information about Pillar College, visit

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