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Patricia Russell-McCloud's, left,
Feb. 12 lecture is one of the highlights of Southeastern's celebration
of February as Black History Month.
SOUTHEASTERN CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY
MONTH IN FEBRUARY
HAMMOND -- An inspirational lecture
by one of the nation’s top five business motivators and a one-man portrayal
of the great black abolitionist Frederick Douglass are among the highlights
of Black History Month, which Southeastern Louisiana University will celebrate
The month’s activities will be
outlined at the Black History Month Kick-off, scheduled for 11:30 a.m.,
Feb. 2 in the War Memorial Student Union mall, said Eric Summers, director
of Multicultural and International Affairs. All Black History Month activities
are free and open to the public.
Black History Month’s keynote
speaker is Patricia Russell-McCloud, a “visual speaking experience,” whose
talk at 7 p.m., Feb. 12 in the Student Union Theatre will be based on her
latest book, “A is for Attitude: An Alphabet for Living.”
Russell-McCloud’s dynamic oratorical
style is rooted in research and statistical data. In her book, she uses
the alphabet as a touchstone to inspire people to reach their highest potential.
Delivering more than 100 presentations annually, she has been the speaker
of choice for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, colleges and
universities, and civic and community organizations throughout the United
States, the Caribbean, Great Britain, and Africa.
Throughout February, a special exhibit,
“The African-American Mosaic,” created by the Library of Congress, will
be on display on the second floor of Sims Memorial Library. The library
also plans a display of books on American-American history and other topics
in the first floor lobby.
On Feb. 4 Guy Peartree will present
a one-man play, “Stories Are Tellin’: Frederick Douglass, 1859.” The performance,
scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre, is set in 1859, when
Douglass, a relentless anti-slavery orator, was being sought for arrest
by the state of Virginia for his alleged activity in John Brown’s raid
on Harpers Ferry. Peartree’s performance encompasses Douglass’ life from
his birth into slavery, his relationships and experiences on the slave
plantation, his education, escape from slavery, and ascendancy as America’s
foremost black abolitionist.
Delta Sigma Theta sorority will join
the Black History Month schedule on Feb. 10 with a fun African-American
history “test.” In a format mirroring television’s popular “Family Feud,”
the sorority will sponsor “Test Your Black History I.Q.” at 7 p.m. in Student
Union room 223.
On Feb. 11, Louisiana State University
professor John C. Rodrigue will present the first of three lectures and
book-signings sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science.
Rodrigue, author of “Reconstruction in the Cane Fields: From Slavery
to Free Labor in Louisiana’s Sugar Parishes, 1862-1880," will speak at
11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre. A book-signing will follow the lecture.
At 6:20 p.m., Feb. 16 in Student Union
room 223, Zeta Phi Beta sorority will present “Z-Hope: How Crowded is My
Bed?,” a program on AIDS and HIV awareness geared toward black women and
sponsored by the sorority’s national organization.
The Division of Student Affairs plans
to debut the newest of its on-going “Project Safe Campus” programs, a presentation
on the issues related to domestic violence, at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 17 in the
Student Union Theatre. University Police Department officer Jason Johnston
will address the dynamics and diversity of domestic violence, as well as
legal issues, civil warrants, and coordinating community response.
The History and Political Sciences lectures
and book-signings continues on Feb. 17 when Samuel C. Hyde Jr., Southeastern’s
Leon Ford Family Chair in Regional Studies, speaks on “Louisiana’s Curious
Connection to the Desegregation Movement.” Hyde’s talk is scheduled for
11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre and will be followed by a book signing.
On Feb. 18 Cecelia T. Pedesclaux will
give a presentation on “The Influence from the Enslaved on African American
Textiles and Quilting” at 5:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Cate Teacher Education
Center lecture hall. Pedesclaux, a self-taught quilter from Marrero who
has done extensive research on the African American influence in quilting,
will also discuss the art of quilting and its affect on the Underground
Railroad at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Southeastern Lab School Learning
On Feb. 21 the The Lady Cubs dance team
will give their first performance of the year at halftime of the Southeastern-Lamar
men’s basketball game, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in the University Center.
The all-female, student-run dance group has been improving and rebuilding
after a one-year hiatus and will demonstrate the routines designed by its
choreographer, Marti Perkins.
Black History Month will wrap up on
Feb. 26 with History and Political Sciences’ final lecture, “Black Legislators
in Louisiana During Reconstruction” by Southern University professor Charles
Vincent. The talk is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre
and will also be followed by a book signing.
For more information on Black History
Month, contact the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs at