Southeast Plans Black History Month Activities


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 18, 2011 — 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. 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 or

Other activities planned during Black History Month include:

Cross Cultural Conversations: Myths, Facts, Stereotypes and Realities

Feb. 1University Center, Ballroom B6:30 p.m.  Participants will be encouraged to engage in a proactive and productive discussion on the emerging cross-cultural experiences that promote and develop intercultural understanding.  The facilitators will discuss their experiences “building bridges” and having the difficult conversations that must occur to address the myths and stereotypes that support division rather than promote inclusion. There is no cost for this event, and no registration is necessary.  For more information, please Valdis Zalite at (573) 651-2273 or

Henrietta Lack. The Uninformed Source of the Famous HeLa Cell

Feb. 8Kennett Regional Campus6:30 p.m. This program will focus on research conducted on Henrietta Lack and her contributions to medicine through the use of her cells, known as the HeLa cell.  According to researched data, neither she nor her family were ever informed of the use by Stanford and other agencies of her unique cells, which do not die, for countless experiments and medical milestones.  There is no cost for this event, and no registration is necessary.  For more information, contact

Let’s Talk About “Old School”

Feb. 9University Center Heritage Room6 p.m. This program will be an open forum and dialogue on the changes and challenges that often occur in cross-generational discussions and situations.  A panel will discuss the perspective of “Old School” and the impact of the shifting modes of communication in the work force, social interactions and the media.  For more information, contact Gladys Mosely at (573) 986-6128 or

Hip-Hop Feminism

Feb. 10University Center Heritage Room6:30 p.m. This will be a discussion moderated by the group SELF (Sisterhood, Empowerment, Leadership and Femininity), of the messages in hip-hop regarding what it means to be a young black woman in today’s society.  This discussion will encourage and support young college women to work through the contradictory messages conveyed in the hip-hop culture.  For more information, please contact India Jeffery at (573) 651-2273 or

Presentation of Children’s Literature involving African Americans

Feb. 16Scully Building, Room 3239:30 a.m. Block II teacher candidates will present a children’s literature book with an African American character to the entire class.  A book review will be distributed to each class member.  For more information, contact Dr. R. Larry Bohannon at (573) 651-2442 or

The Afro-Peruvian Community in Chincha

Feb. 16Kent Library, Sadie’s PlaceNoon-1 p.m. Dr. Debra Lee-DiStefano will discuss the Afro-Peruvian community. She recently visited Chincha, the center of Afro-Peruvian culture, and will discuss the history of African Americans in Peru and share some of what she learned about the community while she was there.  For more information, contact Dr. Debra Lee-DiStefano at (573) 651-2480 or

Black Men in Higher Education

Feb. 16University Center Heritage Room6:30 p.m. In this open forum, participants will discuss the current state of African American male college students and will highlight the attitudes, beliefs and perceptions held regarding this population and in higher education. The forum is the opportunity to discuss factors that are often noted as contributing to African American males’ challenges in completing college.  For more information, please contact Steven Taylor at (573) 986-6040 or

Living Wax Museum

Feb. 17University Center Program Lounge6 p.m. Students will be dressed as historical figures from the past and present. For example, models will depict a scene from their life during that timeframe. Volunteer students will stand in a still-frame position for 15-20 minute intervals. There will also be a brief description of who, what, when, where and how the person made their mark in history.  For more information, contact Shatrasha Stone at (573) 651-2273 or

National TRIO Day Celebration

Feb. 22Show Me Center Meeting Rooms6 p.m. National TRIO Day celebrates the positive impact of the Federal TRIO Programs in communities and reflects on the importance of educational opportunity programs in creating a fairer society for all Americans. TRIO programs act to protect and provide further access to higher education for limited-income and first-generation students.  Accomplishments of participants in the McNair Scholars Program and Student Support Services will be highlighted.  This event is by invitation only.  For more information, contact Monica Barnes at (573) 651-2273 or

Boxes & Wall/Tunnel of Oppression

Feb. 22-23University Center Fourth Floor11 a.m.-10 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 7-10 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