Mississippi Valley State University will hold its Black History Convocation on Thursday, February 21 at 11:00 a.m. in the H.G. Carpenter Auditorium. The convocation will feature Dr. Byron D’Andra Orey, a 1988 graduate of MVSU, and professor at Jackson State University. This year’s Black History Convocation’s theme is Celebrating the Legacy: Passing the Torch and will celebrate and pay tribute to African-Americans contributions to the United State and the nation.
D’Andra Orey earned a B.S. degree from Mississippi Valley State University, Masters degrees from the University of Mississippi and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans. Orey has taught at the University of Mississippi, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and currently teaches at Jackson State University where he is a full Professor and Chairman of the Political Science Department. He has conducted lectures at St. Anne’s College at Oxford University in Oxford, England, Winneba University in Ghana, Africa, Yale University, Emory University, Williams College and Spelman College to name a few.
He is the recipient of several fellowships at major research universities including, the University of Michigan, Duke University, Virginia Tech and Georgetown. He has published over thirty scholarly articles and book chapters, presented manuscripts at over 100 conferences and is currently working on two books. Dr. Orey has been selected as the national Teacher of the Year 2008 and the Mentor of the year for the National Conference of Black Political Scientists 2011.
Additionally, in 2011 he was selected as the Teacher of the Year for Jackson State University and was also nominated for Teacher of the Year for the state of Mississippi. Dr. Orey was also recently selected as a member of Who’s Who in Black Mississippi.
MVSU has a number of events leading up to Black History Convocation, which all are free and for people of all ages:
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 10:00 a,m, - 12:00 noon
The HBCU Experience: A Discussion on the Relevancy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Location: William Sutton Administration Building, Room 103
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Black History Moments – MVSU Community Paying Tribute Through Various Art Forms
Location: Congressman Bennie G. Thompson Plaza
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
Black History Convocation – Guest Speaker: Dr. Byron D’Andra Orey
Location: H.G. Carpenter Auditorium