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African American Heritage Month celebrated through February

Thursday, January 30, 2014

During February, Missouri State University will celebrate African American Heritage Month with many special events. These events, which are open to the public, will include presentations on culture, lifestyle, social issues and music.

“These events bring the history to the present in order to help students understand all of the efforts that happened so that they can have some of the luxuries, benefits and educational opportunities they have today,” said Francine Pratt, multicultural programs and student diversity.

Feb. 1
Multicultural programs will present The Meet and Greet Celebration at 1 p.m. at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central Street. This event will showcase African American life through creative displays, books, special guests, food samples and family. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephanie Goss, graduate assistant, at (417) 836-5652.

Feb. 3
Multicultural programs will present African American Read-In at 7:30 p.m. at Meyer Library, Room 101. “Eyes on the Prize, Episode 2, Fighting Back, 1957-1962” will be shown followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Gilbert Brown, College of Education associate dean. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephanie Goss, graduate assistant, at (417) 836-5652.

Feb. 4
Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts will present Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey staring Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio at 7:30 p.m. Raisin’ Cane is a window on a critical point in American history, celebrating and honoring the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through text, song, music, movement and imagery. Tickets for this event are $23 and can be purchased online at www.HammonsHall.com, at any Missouri State box office location or by calling (417) 836-7678. For more information, contact Deb Gallion, director of marketing and promotion, at (417) 836-6767.

Feb. 7
Multicultural programs will present First Friday at Q’Eneteco with African American History Trivia at 7 p.m. This event will feature old school music, dancing and raffles. Tickets for this event are $5 and all proceeds benefit NAACP youth scholarships. For more information, contact Stephanie Goss, graduate assistant, at (417) 836-5652.

Feb. 10
Multicultural programs will present African American Read-In: Congressman John Lewis at 10 a.m. at Meyer Library, Room 101. Congressman Lewis will be a guest via a Skype interview and will discuss his latest book, “March” a graphic novel memoir about his life. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephanie Goss, graduate assistant, at (417) 836-5652.

Feb. 11
Student Activities Council (SAC) will present Step Afrika at 7 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Theater. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Grace Chang, cultural affairs chair, at (417) 836-4626.

Feb. 12-13
Residence life, housing and dining services will present Tunnel of Oppression at 6 p.m. at the Wells House Grand Lounge. Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive, campus-wide diversity program in which actors put on scenarios for participants to experience. These scenarios cover different types of diversity and social justice. Some scenarios involve the audience. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Margaret Pearson, assistant hall director, at (417) 836-4390.

Feb. 24
Multicultural programs will present African American Read-In: “What Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Do?” at 7 p.m. at Meyer Library, Room 101. During this event skits will be performed by youth with dramatic reading excerpts from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephanie Goss, graduate assistant, at (417) 836-5652.

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