Southeast Plans Black History Month Activities

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to a scheduling conflict, the Dyson vs. Dyson event originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Show Me Center has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. March 3 in the Show Me Center. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and The Rev. Marcia Dyson will discuss their views on popular social issues. The Rev. Marcia Dyson is hailed as one of the nation’s foremost religious figures, spiritual writers and noted civic-social activists.  Her husband, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, is a best-selling author, scholar and cultural critic.  This event is part of the 2009-2010 University Speaker Series.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Maldonado at (573) 651-2524 or emaldonado@semo.edu.

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 26, 2010 – Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Black History Month in February with events designed to commemorate the heritage of African-Americans. A number of activities, presentations and discussions are planned.  The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read-A-Thon will be held throughout the month in local schools.  Volunteers will read in classrooms in Cape Girardeau elementary schools and share multicultural literature with the students.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Marcia Brown Haims at (573) 651-2188 of mjbrown@semo.edu.

Other activities planned during Black History Month include:

Feb. 3

Acknowledgement of the ‘Black List’ (Volume 1) University Center Program Lounge, 6:30 p.m.

Articulating a rarely heard perspective from achievers of color, the “Black List,” an HBO documentary, assembles a roster of some of today’s most influential African-American politicians, writers, thinkers and performers to discuss their current successes and their journey from their backgrounds to today. The message is universal and clear; we are all different as individuals, yet we each have the ability to do great things. This discussion will address the noted successes and challenges of the individuals from the documentary.  There is no cost for this event, and no registration is necessary.  For more information, contact Valdis Zalite at (573) 651-2273 or vzalite@semo.eduFeb. 4

The Black Woman, Family and Connections, A Discussion from ‘Black in America’ the CNN DocumentaryUniversity Center Program Lounge, 6:30 p.m.

A documentary featuring Soledad O’Brien, who visited the Southeast Missouri State University campus last year, explores and investigates the myriad of differences found among black women and families in the CNN documentary “Black in America.” Statistics that address single parent households, racial differences in education, the AIDS epidemic and the progress of black women and families will be addressed in this discussion. Participants will have an opportunity to share their perceptions as well as the challenges and successes the documentary uncovered.  There is no cost for this event, and no registration is necessary.  For more information, contact Gladys Mosely at (573) 986-6135 or gmosely@semo.edu.

Feb. 10

Acknowledgement of the ‘Black List’ (Volume 2) University Center Program Lounge, 6:30 p.m. 

After winning the coveted NAACP Documentary Award, HBO provided a second volume of the documentary “The Black List.” The participants in this volume shared their candid stories of triumph and provided personal insight into their struggles as well. The open discussion of their lives as well as their optimism for the role of African-Americans in the changing dynamics of the country will provide the foundation for a lively conversation among those who attend.  There is no cost for this event, and no registration is necessary.  For more information, contact Valdis Zalite at (573) 651-2273 or vzalite@semo.edu.

Feb. 11

The Black Man. A Discussion from ‘Black in America,’ the CNN Documentary (Volume 1) University Center Program Lounge, 6:30 p.m.

CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien investigates the most critical issues and obstacles as they relate to African-American men in the United States. In this program, the presented research will be addressed, and the work of one of the documentary’s participants, noted author Ellis Cose who wrote The Envy of the World, will be discussed.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a conversation that challenges and yet underscores the perceptions of and attitudes toward black men.  There is no cost for this event, and no registration is necessary.  For more information, contact Trent Ball at (573) 986-6135 or tball@semo.edu

Feb. 17

Where the Girls Are: Education, Etiquette and Esteem University Center Program Lounge, 6:30 p.m. 

Using “Black Rainbows” (a documentary about real life issues and pressures of being black in America) and “The Souls of Black Girls” (a news documentary that reviews media images as they relate to women of color) as resources, as well as information from workshops and seminars presented throughout the year, the moderator will lead a discussion designed to address the challenges and experiences collegiate woman encounter while trying to develop their identity, expand their esteem and pursue their education.  There is no cost for this event, and no registration is necessary.  For more information, contact India Jeffrey at (573) 986-6040 or ijeffery@semo.edu.

Feb. 23-24

Boxes & Wall/Tunnel of Oppression University Center fourth floor, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

View the “Tunnel of Oppression” from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Then watch as students and staff break down these issues of oppression through interactive skits from 7–9 p.m.  There is no cost for this event, and no registration is necessary.  For more information, contact Sh’Nita Mitchell at (573) 332-5784 or slmitchell@semo.edu

Feb. 25

Myths, Facts, Stereotypes and Reality in the Black Community – Discussing and Creating Solutions University Center Program Lounge, 6:30 p.m.

Participants will be encouraged to engage in a proactive and productive discussion relating to the “black experience.”  A discussion of the myths, facts, stereotypes and reality of the “black experience” for all the program participants will take place and lay the foundation for moving forward and fully participating in the community, regardless of your role or status. Participants will actively engage in an effort to address possible solutions, review what is perceived as working currently, what work needs to be done and how to best achieve those results. Participants are encouraged to come with an open mind, a willingness to voice their opinions, listen to the opinions of others, and work together for forward movement.  There is no cost for this event, and no registration is necessary.  For more information, contact Trent Ball at (573) 986-6135 or tball@semo.edu.

Feb. 28

African American Heritage Month Gospel Extravaganza St. James AME Church, 516 North Street, 6 p.m.

A host of area choirs will perform an array of gospel tributes.  This event is sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. City-Wide Celebration Committee.  Admission is free.  Monetary contributions will be accepted for the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Girardeau. Contact: Debra Mitchell-Braxton at (573) 979-0213 or Debra@v-link.net for more information.

March 21

Rosa L. Parks and Coretta Scott King Memorial Tribute St. James AME Church, 516 North Street, 6 p.m.

This program will honor the legacy of trailblazers and civil rights activists Rosa L. Parks and Coretta Scott King. A host of area individuals will perform oratorical, theatrical and musical tributes. Admission is free. In lieu of an admission fee, attendees are asked to donate toiletries, sleepwear, socks, purses and book bags. These items will be used to create gift baskets to be distributed to area children and teenagers. Contact: Debra Mitchell-Braxton at (573) 979-0213 or Debra@v-link.net.

For more information about Southeast’s Black History Month activities, visit http://www.semo.edu/mlk.