Southeast Plans Black History Month Activities

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, including:

Feb. 2

  • The Misrepresentations of Minorities in the Mass Media University Center, Program Lounge, 7-9 p.m. Sponsored by the Collegiate 100 An open forum event about the historical perceptions of minorities in the media  Contact: Ruby Jones, (573) 339-4429

Feb. 5

  • Health and Wellness Day University Center, Missouriana Room, 7-9 p.m.Sponsored by the Cultural Events Planning CommitteeThis program is designed to make people aware of the health issues faced by the African-American community through presentations and related activities. Contact: Christopher Johnson, (573) 986-6135

Feb. 10

  • Share My World: Come Walk in My Shoes University Center, Missouriana Room, 7-9 p.m.Sponsored by the Cultural Events Planning CommitteeThis program is designed to allow faculty, staff, students and administrators to think  about the experiences, perceptions and reality of living in their own skin.Contact: Christopher Johnson, (573) 986-6135

Feb. 11

  • Minority Career Exploration Dinner Robert A. Dempster Hall, Atrium, 5-7 p.m.Sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University Career ServicesThe annual Minority Career Exploration Dinner proactively involves minority students in mentoring and networking activities that enhance their understanding of the value of  higher education in today’s competitive global marketplace. By invitation only.Contact: Jerry Westbrook, (573) 651-2583

Feb. 16

  • African-American Artists University Center, Ballroom, 6-10 p.m.Sponsored by the Office of Minority Student ProgramsThis exhibition of African-American artists is open to the University and surrounding communities. Reception immediately following.Contact: Dr. Arrick Jackson, (573) 986-6163

Feb. 17

  • Marcus Garvey and the United Negro Improvement Association  University Center, Riverboat Room, 7:30-9:30 p.m.Sponsored by the Cultural Events Planning Committee This presentation is created to help celebrate and acknowledge the legacy of Marcus Garvey and the United Negro Improvement Association.Contact: Robert L. White, III, (573) 986-6135

Feb. 19

  • What Have You Done For Me Lately: From Black Women to Black Men  Johnson Faculty Centre, 7-9 p.m.Sponsored by the Collegiate 100 An open forum and discussion on the state of relationships and community between  African-American men and women. Contact: Ruby Jones, (573) 339-4429

Feb. 19

  • Knowledge Bowl  University Center, Club, 8-10 p.m.Sponsored by the Cultural Events Planning CommitteeThis contest will challenge trivia buffs to test their knowledge of African-American  history and culture. Prizes will be awarded. Contact: Christopher Johnson, (573) 986-6135

Feb. 27-28

  • Black Movie Weekend Johnson Faculty Centre, 4-10 p.m.Sponsored by the Cultural Events Planning CommitteeA showcase of decades of African-American cinemaContact: Christopher Johnson, (573) 986-6135

February and March 2004

  • 7th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read-a-thon  Local elementary schools and Head Start programs, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.University students and volunteers present multicultural readings and activities to  children (pre-kindergarten to 4th grade) in February and March. Readings will consist of  multicultural literature on historical Americans and their contributions to the  development of our great nation.Contact: Dr. Marcia Brown-Haims, (573) 651-2188 or Dr. Joyce Renaud, (573) 651-2499

February

  • Speakers and Presenters Bureau Sponsored by the Cultural Events Planning Committee Southeast students will be selected from various academic disciplines to research and make presentations in area classrooms on significant events and individuals of African-American history. Contact: Trent Ball, (573) 986-6135

Wednesdays in February

  • Share Our History: The Influences, the Impact and the Impression of African-Americans Johnson Faculty Centre, 7-9 p.m.Sponsored by the Cultural Events Planning CommitteeStudents will have the opportunity to share and discuss a variety of issues that affect the African-American community. Each week is a different theme (music, movies, poetry/literature, and relationships) and a discussion topic. Contact: Christopher Johnson, (573) 986-6135

Also in conjunction with Black History Month:

March 28            

  • “Nothing Comes to Sleepers” – In Play (A Theatrical Producing Company)Rose Theatre, 7 p.m., admission: $5 students and $7 general publicSet in an urban Kansas City beauty salon on the evening of April 4, 1968, “Nothing  Comes to Sleepers” focuses on a group of working-class women who have struggled  against the odds to achieve the modest existence afforded by their own determinedly self- reliant ways. This event will also include a civil rights non-violent workshop.Sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee and the Office of  the President.Contact: Dr. Mel Gillespie, (573) 651-2524

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