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|SOUTHEASTERN CELEBRATES FEBRUARY AS BLACK HISTORY MONTH
HAMMOND – A comedy hour featuring
comedian Rickey Smiley, an outdoor big screen showing of the hit movie
“Ray,” and a series of lectures on African-American history and culture
are highlights of Southeastern Louisiana University’s celebration of February
as Black History Month.
The month's activities will be
outlined at the Black History Month Kick-off at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Student
Union Theatre, said Eric Summers, director of Multicultural and International
Affairs. The kick-off program will showcase an array of Southeastern
Unless otherwise indicated, Black
History Month activities are free and open to the public. The Black History
Month schedule includes:
Feb. 1: Bradford Kenney, Distinguished
Scholar of Cultural Studies with Ringing Rocks Foundation, will speak on
“Ropes to God: Healing Practices of the Kalahari Bushmen,” at 3 p.m. in
the Cate Teacher Education Center auditorium. Kenney’s talk is the first
in the Department of History and Political Science’s annual Black History
Month lecture series.
Feb. 10: Recitals will
spotlight pianist Kevin Hampton, director of keyboard studies at Armstrong
Atlantic State University, at 2 p.m., and baritone Brandon Richardson,
who will perform music by African-American composers at 7:30 p.m. Both
recitals are in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
Feb. 14: Two events in the War
Memorial Student Union will spotlight HIV/AIDS. “What You Don’t Know Might
Kill You,” an informational display, will be set up in the War Memorial
Student Union mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “The Importance of Loving Self
and Others: Living with HIV/AIDS” is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Student
Also on Feb. 14, the history
and political science lecture series continues with Randy Sanders, a Southeastern
assistant professor of history who specializes in the role of African-Americans
in American politics and society. Sanders will speak on “Blackball: Negro
League Baseball” at 2 p.m. in the student union, room 223.
Feb. 15: Southern University
faculty member Johnita Obadele will present a lecture, “Reparations --
The Untold Story,” at 3 p.m. in the student union, room 229. The lecture
is designed to generate discussion and understanding on the issues of whether
black Americans should receive reparation payments because of slavery.
Feb. 16: The presentation “How
Crowded is my Bed: STD Awareness” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in room 223
of the student union.
The Campus Activities Board will
sponsor a showing of “Ray,” the recent hit film about music legend Ray
Charles that was partially filmed in Hammond. The movie will be shown at
8 p.m. on a large screen located in the student union parking lot.
Feb. 17: The university’s Southeast
Louisiana Business Center, 1514 Martens Drive, will host a seminar on “Government
Contracting: Doing Business with the Government as a Small Business” from
9-11 a.m. Participants will learn about topics such as how the government
buys goods and services, required registrations and certifications, new
online registrations, and subcontracting opportunities.
Feb. 18: The Southeastern Gospel
Music Ensemble, directed by Kenya Lawrence, will perform in concert at
7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
Feb. 21: In another history and
political science lecture, criminal justice professor Kenneth Bolton will
speak on “Black in Blue: African American Police Officers and Racism” at
2 p.m. in the student union, room 223.
Feb. 22: Hammond resident and
civic leader Dr. J. L. Garrett and Southeastern graduate student Melvin
Sanders, a teacher in the East Baton Rouge school system, will enact a
debate between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Dubois on “The Problem of
Negro Leadership” at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
Feb. 23: Comedian Rickey Smiley
will be the headliner at 8 p.m. in Cefalu Colisum. Tickets for students
are $5 and will be on sale Jan. 31-Feb. 4. Tickets for the general public,
$10, will go on sale Feb. 9. Tickets will be available in the Campus Activities
Board office in room 110 of the student union.
Feb. 24: The history and political
science series continues with Celina Echols of the Department of Educational
Leadership and Technology speaking on “Does Color Matter? Issues
of Racial Conflict in the Black American Culture” at 6:30 p.m. in the student
union, room 223.
Feb. 26: The Freedom Fund Banquet,
cosponsored by the Southeastern chapter of the NAACP, will be held at 6
p.m. at Twelve Oaks. For information and tickets, contact Brandon Parker,
Feb. 27: “A Summer Tragedy,”
a short story by Arna Wendell Bontemps, an important writer in the Harlem
Renaissance, will be the subject of a group discussion. Those interested
in participating in the discussion can obtain a copy of the short story
in the Multicultural and International Student Affairs office, 985-549-3850.
The discussion is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and the location will be announced
at a later date.
Feb. 28: In the final history
and political science lecture Southeastern alumnus Reginald Span, now a
doctoral candidate in history at Tulane University, will speak on “In Black
and White: The Role of Newspapers in Race Relations in the Florida Parishes,
1920 –1940.” His lecture is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the student union,
Also on Feb. 28, a presentation titled
“HIV/AIDS -- The Naked Truth” is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Student Union
For information on Black History
Month events, call the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs,