Southeastern celebrates February as Black History Month
Contact: Christina Chapple
HAMMOND – Student organizations and academic departments at Southeastern Louisiana University are joining forces to present a month-long slate of activities celebrating February as Black History Month.
The month’s activities will be outlined at the Black History Month Kick-off, scheduled for Feb. 7, 6 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre. The event will feature performances by university dance groups and the Southeastern Gospel Choir and a motivational speaker.
Black History Month activities are free and open to the public. The Black History Month schedule includes:
Feb. 7: Local representatives of the Democratic and Republican parties will discuss the upcoming Presidential election and the parties’ platforms, as well as the importance of registering and voting in the “Vote or Die Forum,” 7 p.m., Student Union ballroom. The event is sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
Feb. 8: Sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science, Eugene McCarthy of the College of Holy Cross will discuss his new book, “From Bondage to Belonging: The Worcester Slave Narratives” at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre. A book signing will follow.
Feb. 12: Phi Beta Sigma fraternity will sponsor a spirited “Black History Quiz Bowl” at 6:30 p.m. in Student Union room 223, followed by a tasting of soul food contributed by variety of campus organizations.
Feb. 18: “African Ancestry DNA Testing Links Local Genealogist to her African Roots,” sponsored by the Department of History and Government, will feature family historian Antoinette Harrell, a native of New Orleans and noted author and civil rights activist. The program is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
Feb. 19: The Black Student Union will sponsor “Culture Night,” beginning at 7 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom. The evening’s program includes singing, poetry reading and “stepping” performed by members of Pan-Hellenic sororities and fraternities.
Feb. 20: English professor Tom Fick, who is teaching a spring semester graduate course on Creoles in Louisiana, will lecture on “The Afro-Creole Tradition in Louisiana” at 1 p.m. on the third floor of Sims Memorial Library. During the month of February, the library also will host a book display on Creole and African American culture.
Feb. 21-22: The Office of Multicultural and International Affairs will present “The Journey.” Student Government Association entertainment chair Suga Henry is coordinating the stage play, which will feature student actors. It will be performed nightly at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
Feb. 24: The NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at the Black Heritage Center, 1600 Phoenix Square, at 6:30 p.m. For information and tickets, contact Pat Morris, 985-747-9488.
Feb. 27: Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, “Pan-Hellenic Council Recognized Internationally” will explore the influence of black sororities and fraternities in other countries.
Also on Feb. 27, the offices of Multicultural and International Affairs and Admissions will sponsor the university’s annual Minority High School Leadership Day, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre. For additional information and to register, visit www.selu.edu/minorityday.
For additional information about the Black History Month Schedule, contact the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs, 985-549-3850.