Missouri State University’s observance of Black History Month 2017 will fill February with a slate of educational and cultural events to highlight the contributions of Blacks to American society.
“We want to celebrate blackness, and the identities within and histories of this community,” said Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, executive director of multicultural programs. “Given what’s going on in this country, the celebration of identity and self is very important. It keeps us moving forward in this globalized society.”
Black History Month 2017 is presented by the office of multicultural programs in collaboration with several other organizations on campus.
Events of note are the Black History Month Celebration Banquet and Fashion Show and Keynote Presentation by Ben Sanders III, assistant professor of theology and ethics at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.
The banquet, at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 in Plaster Student Union Ballroom, will feature cultural dishes prepared by students and traditional African clothing.
The presentation by Sanders, at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center, will focus on the topic “Race, Law Enforcement and Faith-Based Racism.”
Other events that are free and open to the public include:
A screening of the film “Southside with You,” followed by a dialogue session on “Black Love” facilitated by Hasani and Danielle Pettiford from Couples Academy, will be held at 8 p.m. in Plaster Student Union Theater. The film recounts the first date of former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, in 1989.
Student and community artists will present music, art and entertainment from the 1990s at A Night of Art and Soul. It will begin at 7 p.m. in Plaster Student Union, Room 400. To participate as a performer, send an e-mail.
“Shattering the Silences: Trauma and Healing in the Diaspora,” a house concert presentation by filmmaker and musician Patrick Mureithi, will take place at 4 p.m. in Plaster Student Union Theater.
For more information, contact Garcia-Pusateri at 417-836-3035.