Black History Month Activities Under Way at Southeast


National TRIO Day Celebration was Feb. 18
in the Show Me Center Meeting Room.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 23, 2014 – 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, programs, and discussions are planned. They include:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read-a-Thon

Held throughout the month of February, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read-at-Thon will allow local elementary students the opportunity to discover various works of multicultural literature. With the help of volunteers, these students will engage in readings as well as participate in interactive activities. For more information or to volunteer, contact Marcia Brown-Haimes at or (573) 651-2188.

Professionalism is not a Skill, It’s an Attitude Monday, Feb. 3 University Center Indian Room 6:30 p.m.

This presentation will cover in-depth conversation concerning professional dress for both men and women in the business world. For more information, contact Kei-Shae McCrary at or (573) 986-6055.

Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority in America (Open Forum) Wednesday, Feb. 5 University Center Indian Room 6 p.m.

Participants will engage in open conversation concerning the “10 uncomfortable myths” in African-American households, entertainment and education. For more information, contact Steven Taylor or Rashaun Henry at or (573) 651-2273

BRAND Academy Thursday, Feb. 13 University Center Indian Room 5 p.m.

BRAND Academy will host career preparation and mentoring for program participants. Program highlights will include identifying skills and competencies, providing a sector analysis of career choice, developing professional behaviors and creating career foundations. For more information, contact Sean Spinks at or (573) 986-6135.

Southeast Multicultural Showcase Saturday, Feb. 15 Show Me Center and University Center 10 a.m.

This program will highlight programs available to minority students. Program features will include academic, support, scholarship, grant as well as extracurricular leadership activities available throughout campus. For more information, contact James Williams at or (573)651-5942.

National TRIO Day Celebration Tuesday, Feb. 18 Show Me Center Meeting Room 5:30 p.m. *By Invitation Only

National TRIO Day will highlight the accomplishments of current and former participants in the Southeast TRIO program. A key component of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, National TRIO Day celebrates the sustained impact and success of the Federal TRIO programs. For more information, contact Monica Barnes at or (573) 986-6117.

Michael Davis Lecture Wednesday, Feb. 19 Rose Theater 12 p.m.

This lecture will feature Wesley Lowery, reporter from the Washington Post who covers Congress and politics. Lowery will speak on current issues, news and trends facing the mass communications field. Established in 1997, the Michael Davis Lecture honors the late Michael Davis, a journalism student who died as a result of fraternity hazing.

Building Cultural Competence across Campus Thursday, Feb. 20 University Center Indian Room 6 p.m.

Participants in the discussion will focus on cross-cultural experiences and will highlight the need to address stereotypes as well as myths. This discussion will also bring leaders from various student organizations together in order to initiate dialog. For more information, contact Valdis Zalite at or (573) 651-2512.