The theme for the Black History Month celebration at Southern Miss is "To be Young, Gifted & Black."
University of Southern Mississippi faculty, students and administrators are preparing for several upcoming events celebrating African-American history. Black History Month activities begin next Monday with a presentation of A Night at the Cotton Club at the Woods Theater.
It will be followed by movie nights, lectures, luncheons, poetry and essay events all through the month of February.
The theme for this year's celebration is To Be young, Gifted and Black.
"African-American history is a very important part of Southern Miss history here and we always want to take the opportunity to make note of our African-Americans who've made strides in our community," said Valencia Walls, coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services at USM.
Events will also include the 4th annual Eagle Awards Feb. 23 at the Trent Lott Center.