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Black History Month filled with events

Last updated on March 9, 2019

By Gloria Cortes

February is Black History Month, where we celebrate the importance of Black history in our culture.

Monday, Feb. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Hall B is The Art of Omari Booker. Omari Booker is a talented local artist who paints incorporating themes and current social trends. He is particularly skilled in creating images that depict the struggle for social justice in an unjust world.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Hall B is Documentary Screening: Brother Outsider.  This documentary, which has won over 25 awards, illuminates the public and private life of Bayard Rustin. Rustin, a visionary strategist during the Civil Rights movement was called the “unknown hero” of the movement as he was central to the organization of the 1963 March on Washington. Because Rustin was openly gay, he was largely erased from history even by those among the top leaders of the movement.  

Thursday, Feb. 7, from 12-2 p.m. in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Hall B is the Soul Food Potluck Fellowship Luncheon.  A campus community soul food potluck to commemorate the final day of unity week. There will be a brief presentation by Mary Malone on Black History in Sumner County.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Wood Campus Center is Rendered Invisible.  Book discussion with Vanderbilt University Dr. Frank E. Dobson, Jr. of his book, Rendered Invisible, which tells the story of the infamous “Caliber Killer” who murdered several black men in upstate New York in the late ‘70s and ‘80s.

Thursday, Feb. 14, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Hall B is Let’s Talk About Equality.  Join Pioneer Prevention for a discussion about equality with guest speaker, Eldrick Jacobs. Refreshments will be served while supplies last.

Monday, Feb. 8, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and Wednesday Feb. 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Rochelle Center is Documentary 13.  13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated in practices since the end of the American Civil War through such actions as criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing.

Thursday, Feb. 21, from 12-2 p.m. in the Rochelle Center is Training Exercise: Learning About You, Learning About Your Students.  “One of a Kind” faculty/staff training uses storyboards and dialogue to help provide for self-examination and assessment of the students we serve.

Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Caudill Hall auditorium is Nature’s Drummers Performance.  Join us for a lively performance by Baba Musa and Nature’s Drummers as they grace our campus with captivating music will heighten the awareness of cultural music from ancient African traditions.

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