Rev. William J. Barber to speak Tuesday at WFU

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Rev. William Barber, NC-NAACP

Rev. William Barber, NC-NAACP

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Rev. William J. Barber II, a leader of North Carolina’s Moral Monday-Forward Together Movement and president of the N.C. NAACP, will speak Tuesday at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity’s fall convocation, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Barber will speak at 11 a.m. at Wait Chapel. His speech will be the inaugural event of the Mac Bryan Prophetic Preaching Series, WFU said in a news release.

The series honors the late George McLeod “Mac” Bryan Sr., a professor of religion at Wake Forest for 37 years. In addition to teaching courses on feminism, religion and science, and liberation theology, Bryan advocated for civil rights, pursued social reform, and helped to integrate Wake Forest College in the 1960s.

The series brings to WFU preachers and speakers who will inspire students to live and serve at the intersection of Christianity and social justice, WFU said.

“We are thrilled to begin our school year with the prophetic voice of William Barber,” said Gail R. O’Day, the dean of the WFU divinity school. “It is exciting to honor the life and legacy of Mac Bryan with a preacher who is committed to social justice and the public impact of religious leadership, and whose ministry so powerfully aligns with Bryan’s commitments.”

WFU breaks ground for renovations to Reynolds Gymnasium

Wake Forest University will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the Sutton Center at Reynolds Gymnasium as part of its commitment to the well-being for the campus community.

The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at the gym on Poteat Field.

“Well-being has many dimensions and goes far beyond physical and emotional health,” WFU President Nathan Hatch said in a statement. “Wake Forest aims to transform both our campus and culture by making well-being a defining element of the college experience.”

The Sutton Center will be a two-story addition that will provide 46,000 square feet of space for fitness programs and social gatherings, WFU said in a statement.

The Sutton Center will be connected to the northwest corner of Reynolds Gym by a floor-to-ceiling glass atrium, WFU said. It will feature two basketball courts available for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff. It is expected to be open by the fall semester of 2015.

Built in 1955, Reynolds Gym is one of the original buildings on WFU’s Reynolda campus.

19 adults to graduate from program that provides digital literacy skills

A class of 19 adults will graduate Sept. 12 from a pilot program aimed at providing financially and digitally disadvantaged residents of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County with basic digital literacy skills, training and a computer.

The graduation will be held a 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Oak Grove Center, Room 3340, at Forsyth Technical Community College, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem.

In addition to receiving a certificate of completion, each of the graduates will also receive a low-cost, refurbished, Wi-Fi enabled laptop computer during the 30-minute ceremony, Forsyth Tech said in a statement.

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines will issue a proclamation during the ceremony naming Sept. 12 as “Digital Literacy Awareness Day,” FTCC said.

AT&T Corp. paid for the program with a $5,000 grant to WinstonNet to improve digital literacy among economically disadvantaged adults within the community and to support them in their search for jobs online technology, Forsyth Tech said.

HPU to hold faculty voice recital

HIGH POINT — High Point University will hold a faculty voice recital at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts building on campus.

Candice Burrows, a co-chairwoman of voice at HPU, will be accompanied by Japanese collaborative pianist Hisako Hiratsuka of Tufts University; oboist Thomas Pappas, instructor of music at HPU; and additional string players from the Greensboro Symphony, HPU said in a statement.

The recital is a celebration of women, HPU said. The texts and music reveal a candid look at different aspects of being female: their lives, loves, losses, humor and weaknesses.

“In this program, we look at the godly woman, the maternal woman, the woman who goes mad, the young and the old,” Burrows said. “It is fun and a little daring.”

Composers include J.S. Bach, Maurice Ravel, Benjamin Britten, William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, Manuel de Falla and Francis Poulenc.

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