BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College continues its Black History Month celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, with a panel of alumni from several disciplines and decades.

While COVID-19 safety protocols restrict visitors on Bethany’s campus, the panel discussion will be held via Zoom.

Jada Epps, Majied Bey, R. Darryl Ponton, Dave Sims, Frankie Taal, and others will share their successes and experiences at Bethany and offer advice to current Black students attending the school.

Black History Month will include two other Zoom presentations open to all interested individuals.

Dr. Milli Mickle, associate professor of English at Penn State Greater Allegheny, will present “Black Literary Greats” at 7 p.m. Feb. 17. The address is in memorial of Toni Morrison, the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author of “Beloved,” “The Song of Solomon,” and “The Bluest Eye” who died in 2019 at age 88.

And at 7 p.m. Feb. 23, an art party and show will be held simultaneously in Renner Too and on Zoom.

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Bethany College kicked off its Black History Month celebration Feb. 1 with an address focused on how the Black community historically responds to pain.

Dr. Johnathan White, an assistant teaching professor of history at Penn State Greater Allegheny, delivered “Love Algorithms: The Historicity of Black Pain and Responsiveness” via Zoom.

That event was the first of a dozen events planned by the Bethany College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion throughout February. Trivia, movie nights, African drumming and dancing, and a book giveaway are part of Black History Month.


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.