Southeastern celebrates February Black History Month
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND –Student organizations and academic departments at Southeastern Louisiana University will host a month-long slate of activities in February in celebration of Black History Month.
The month’s activities will be outlined at the Black History Month Kick-off, scheduled Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. The event will feature performances by university dance groups, the Southeastern Gospel Choir and a motivational speech by NBA great and Louisiana legend Bob Love.
Born in Bastrop, Louisiana, Love grew up as one of 14 children and also battled severe stuttering, which at times left him unable to speak properly and sometimes not at all. Love overcame his obstacles to become the second NBA player to have his jersey retired from the Chicago Bulls. Today he gives motivational lectures on overcoming adversity.
“Black History Month is a month-long celebration of the accomplishments and significant milestones of African Americans who have helped shape this country,” said Eric Summers, director for Multicultural and International Students Affairs (MISA). “Throughout the month we will have trivia, performances and lectures designed to serve as a means of remembering the pioneers who paved the way for our future.”
Black History Month activities are free and open to the public. The Black History Month schedule includes:
▪ Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, Black History Game Show, sponsored by Campus Activities Board.
▪ Feb. 7, 2:30 p.m., Student Union Theatre, The AP Tureaud Story, sponsored by Languages and Communication.
▪ Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Student Union, room 223, Quiz Bowl and Taste Fair, sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma.
▪ Feb. 9 – March 25, Sims Memorial Library, Exhibit: Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
▪ Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., Student Union, room 223, “How Crowded is Your Bed,” sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta and NAACP.
▪ Feb. 14, Student Union Mall, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Union Unplugged and Organizational Fair featuring R&B recording artist “Till,” sponsored by the Office of Greek Life, MISA, and the Arts and Lectures Committee.
▪ Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Black History Tour (Bus tour to the African American Heritage Center/Museum), cost $5, sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi, sign up at Isaac.Antoine@selu.edu.
▪ Feb. 16, Student Union Theatre, 6:30 p.m., NPHC Greek Showcase, sponsored by Pan-Hellenic Council.
▪ Feb. 23, Pottle Music Auditorium, 7 p.m., Talent Show, sponsored by NAACP.
▪ Feb. 28, Student Union Mall, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Union Unplugged and Black Business Expo featuring gospel recording artist Henry Stewart, sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta, the Arts and Lectures Committee, SBDC, and MISA.
▪ Feb. 28, Student Union, room 223, 6 p.m., “Your Hair is Your Crown,” sponsored by NAACP.
▪ Feb. 28, Student Union Theatre, 7:30 p.m., performance, “African Americans: A Passionate People,” featuring God’s Chosen Gospel Choir.
For more information on Southeastern’s Black History Month call the MISA office at (985) 549-3850.