Potomac State observes Black History Month

Soul Food

The Black Student Alliance Club recently presented their second “Tribute to Soul Food” program at Potomac State College of West Virginia University in celebration of Black History Month. Pictured (from left) are: Professor Jennifer Merrifield who serves as the BSA Club advisor; Guest Speaker David M. Fryson, Esq.; Marquest Brice, who serves as the Club President; College Provost Leonard Colelli; and Frances Jones, a member of the community who attended the event.

The Black Student Alliance Club at Potomac State College of West Virginia University recently held their second annual “Tribute to Soul Food” in recognition of Black History Month. Prior to the evening’s program, guests were treated to a full buffet of traditional soul food as a way of recognizing the contributions that African Americans have made to Southern cuisine.

Marquest Brice, president of the BSA Club and a business administration major from Gastonia, N.C., served as Master of Ceremonies for the night. Several PSC students gave readings during the presentation before Guest Speaker David M. Fryson, Esq., who serves as the chief diversity officer for West Virginia University, was introduced.  

Fryson has served with the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner and as staff attorney for the Honorable Randolph Baxter (a Judge for the Northern District of Ohio). He has practiced law for more than 20 years, is a well-known commentator and columnist on African American politics and history, is an ordained pastor, and has also written a book, “Bitter or Better: The Adversity Principles.”

Fryson served on the Board of Governors for the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, as Board Chairman of the Charleston Opportunities Industrialization Council (OIC), as vice-president of the Charleston NAACP, as Commissioner for the Kanawha County Deputy Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission and is currently on the Executive Board of Hope Community Development Corporation.

The event was a collaboration of the Potomac State Provost’s Office, Black Student Alliance, Office of Student Involvement, Dining Services, and the Social Justice Council.