Southeast Plans Black History Month Activities

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 28, 20058ᾰSoutheast 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• Bobby Seale, co-founder and former chairman of the Black Panther Party Rose Theatre, 7 p.m.This guest lecturer will discuss general themes of citizen empowerment and participationin the struggle for civil rights.Contact: Dr. Larry Underberg (573) 651-2514

Feb. 2• One Voice, One Vote: A History of Voting Rights in the United StatesUniversity Center, Program Lounge, noon-1 p.m.Sponsored by the Office of Minority Student ProgramsThis event is an open forum about the historical struggles for voting rights, including those of African-Americans, women and young adults 18-20 years of age. Contact: Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135

Feb. 3• 2nd Annual Artistic Expressions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s DreamUniversity Center, Ballroom, 6:30 p.m.Co-sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee and Residence Hall AssociationThis event is symbolic of Dr. King’s dream, and participants may express themselves in any artistic form as a reflection of Dr. King’s legacy.Contact: Ms. Mercedes Jackson or Ms. Cori McGee (573) 651-5186

Feb. 8• Quiz BowlUniversity Center, Program Lounge, 9 p.m.-midnightSponsored by the Cultural Events Planning CommitteeThis contest will test your knowledge of African-American history and culture.  Prizes will be awarded.Contact: Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135

 Feb. 9• Can You See Clearly Now?  Advertising Images in Black and WhiteUniversity Center, Program Lounge, noon-1 p.m.Sponsored by the Office of Minority Student ProgramsThis program is a discussion about current images found in television advertising and how they can either provoke or prevent cultural change.Contact: Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135

 Feb. 13• Michael Davis LectureUniversity Center, Ballroom, 7 p.m.Sponsored by the Department of CommunicationGuest speaker for the event is Dr. Reggie Murphy, director of Research Services for Gannett, Co., Inc.  Murphy is responsible for managing consumer research projects for Gannett’s 101 daily newspapers and Web sites.Contact: Dr. Karie Hollerbach (573) 986-6437

 Feb. 14-18• Open HouseMinority Student Program Office, University Center, noon-4 p.m.Sponsored by the Office of Minority Student ProgramsWeek-long open house to view the new Minority Student Program’s office.  Contact: Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135

 Feb. 16• The Promise of Leadership: Challenging Young African-Americans to Assume Their Place in the World as LeadersUniversity Center, Missouriana Room, noon-1 p.m.Sponsored by the Office of Minority Student ProgramsA panel of diverse African-American professionals will discuss the responsibilities, challenges, changes and assumptions made about becoming a leader.Contact: Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135

 Feb. 16• Minority Career Exploration DinnerUniversity Center, Ballroom, 5 -7 p.m.Sponsored by the Office of Minority Student ProgramsThe 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.  The event is by invitation only.Contact: Ms. Breanna Walling (573) 986-6135

 Feb. 17• Quiz BowlUniversity Center, Missouriana Room, 9 p.m.-midnightSponsored by the Cultural Events Planning CommitteeThis contest will test your knowledge of African-American history and culture.  Prizes will be awarded.Contact: Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135

 Feb. 23• Clarence Edwards, president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement ExecutivesGlenn Auditorium, Dempster Hall, noon-1 p.m.Sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice & Sociology, College of Health and Human Services, Minority Student ProgramsClarence Edwards will present the keynote address during the Criminal Justice and Sociology Day activities.Contact:  Dr. John Wade (573) 651-2685

Feb. 24• Ronald E. McNair Scholars BanquetUniversity Center, Ballroom & Party Room, 5 – 9 p.m.Sponsored by the Ronald E. McNair Scholars ProgramRonald E. McNair Scholars Banquet honors both the McNair Scholars and their respective faculty members for their hard work and dedication to the program.  The event is by invitation only.Contact: Ms. Dana Lehman-Swan (573) 986-6117

Feb. 26• Hidden Treasures: Missouri’s Undiscovered Black HistoryUniversity Center, Program Lounge, 1:30-3:30 p.m.Sponsored by the Office of Minority Student ProgramsThis program reviews Black History in Missouri dating back to 1712ᾰincluding Black fur trappers, slavery and the Ragtime eraᾰand its impact and legacies found in the state today.  Angela DaSilva, Cultural Preservationist, will be the guest lecture for this event.Contact: Mr. Trent Ball (573) 986-6135

 Feb. 28• David Steward, CEO World Wide TechnologyGlenn Auditorium, Dempster Hall, noon-1 p.m.Sponsored by Beta Gamma Sigma  International Honor SocietyDavid Steward, author of Doing Business by the Good Book, founded the largest African-American owned business in the United States. The event is open to the public.  Contact:  Dr. Bert Kellerman (573) 651-2922   February and March 2005• 8th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read-a-thonLocal Schools and Head Start, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. University students and volunteers present multi-cultural readings and activities to   children (pre-kindergarten to 8th grade) in February and March.  Readings will consist of  multi-cultural literature on historical Americans and their contributions to the  development of our great nation. Contact: Dr. Marcia Brown-Haims (573) 651-2188 or Ms. Joyce Renaud (573) 651-2499

 For more information about Southeast’s Black History Month activities, please visiwww.semo.edu/mlk.