The University of Southern Mississippi's Office of Multicultural Programs and Services will give students an opportunity to learn more about African American history and culture in February through its Black History Month programs.
Valencia Walls, coordinator of the Office of Multicultural Programs, said African American history is important for all students to learn. “I hope that through the programs we offer, our students will gain a greater respect and understanding of African American history and the responsibility that comes along with it,” she said.
Alloric Riley, a Southern Miss student, has worked closely with the planning of Black History Month events. “I hope our students understand that we can't depend on the hopes and dreams of the past to make the difference of tomorrow,” he said.
“A Night at the Cotton Club” is the month's kick-off event on Monday, Feb. 2. The Department of Theatre will serve as the event's partner for the second year in a row. “The Eagle Awards” program on Monday, Feb. 23 will recognize “unsung heroes” who have contributed to the betterment of the University community. Several of the month's programs also offer scholarships to students through the NAACP essay contest.
The complete list of events for Black History Month at Southern Miss include:
*“A Night at the Cotton Club”- Feb. 2, 6 p.m. - The Woods Theatre
*“Come Hell or High Water: The Battle of Turkey Creek”- Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m.- Liberal Arts Building, room 108 (Gonzales Auditorium)
*“Knowing Your Worth: A response to the decline in African-American self-respect”- Feb. 9, 7 p.m. - Union Hall of Honors
*“Student Soul Food Luncheon”- Feb. 10, 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Fresh Food Company
*“The Armstrong-Branch Lecture Series”- Feb. 10, 7 p.m.- Bennett Auditorium
*“The Lampkin-Hughes Oratorical Contest”- Feb. 12, 6 p.m., Trent Lott Center
*“Aiming High: Strategies for Success in Graduate School”- Feb. 19, noon - TCC 218A/B
*“Mock Trial”- Feb. 19, 6 p.m. - TCC Ballroom II
*“The Eagle Awards”- Feb. 23, 6 p.m. - Trent Lott Center 103
*“250 Years: Black Poetry from Phillis Wheatley to the Poets of Southern Miss”- Feb. 24, noon - RC's Lounge (includes scholarship opportunities)
*“Trials, Tribulations, and How We Overcome Them“ Featuring Dr. Joseph K. Byrd of Xavier University- Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Owings-McQaugge Hall, room 105
*The NAACP Essay Contest will be held throughout the month.
For more information, contact Valencia Walls at 601.266.5057 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
About The University of Southern Mississippi
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