Students, staff and faculty will eat as one at multi-ethnic tables 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 8 in Garvey Commons. The event will demonstrate campus solidarity in response to the March 30, 2009, hate-speech incident in Stewart Hall.
Herman Boone, the man portrayed by Denzel Washington in the film "Remember the Titans", will speak 7:30 p.m. April 8 in Ritsche Auditorium about lessons and benefits of diversity. Boone was the football coach when T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria, Va., was desegregated. Tickets, which are $5, are available at scsutickets.com. Tickets are free with an SCSU ID.
February is the month we honor nearly 500 years of contributions to American life by people of African ancestry. This year's observance started early -- Jan. 20 -- when Barack Obama, the son of a Nigerian father and American mother, was inaugurated 44th President of the United States.
When Obama was a child, blacks working Alabama farm fields were paid with plantation store tokens. In his parents' generation, black civil rights were severely limited by law and custom. In his grandparents' era, blacks were lynched by hysteria-driven mobs. Now Obama has ascended to the nation's highest political office, where he'll live and work in an executive mansion built by slaves.
St. Cloud State University offers these opportunities to celebrate Black History, past and present. All are free and open to the public, except where noted.
Multicultural Student Services will host a Community Gathering, the focus of which will be watching television coverage of the inaugural ceremonies 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Atwood Ballroom.
Mixed Blood Theatre’s presentation of “Dr. King's Dream” illuminates the life of civil rights leader and Nobel laureate Martin Luther King., Jr. The Minneapolis-based production follows King's career from the 1955-56 Montgomery bus boycott to his 1968 assassination in Memphis. View a study guide (PDF). The 7:30 p.m. performance in Atwood Theatre features actor Warren C. Bowles.
Career Services is hosting a Diversity Job Fair Prep Party that will teach students how to impress employers -- a much-needed skill in today's tough job market. There will be free food and prizes for the first 200 students to attend. The party runs 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Voyageur's Room, Atwood Memorial Center. For information, contact Career Services at 320-308-2151 or stop by Centennial Hall 215.
Nature and wildlife photographer Dudley Edmondson will discuss ethnic diversity in the outdoors and share the voices of people of color who love of nature. He is the author of "Black & Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places" and the owner/operator of Raptor Works Photography. Edmondson, who is based in Duluth, Minn., presents 2 p.m. in Atwood Theatre.
The Diversity Job Fair is an opportunity for students to connect with employers focused on diversity recruiting. Top employers from business, industry, technology, healthcare, government, human services, non-profit and education will be on hand. Employers will offer part-time and full-time jobs, summer jobs and internship opportunities. Beginning building your career with Career Services 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Atwood Ballroom. For information, contact Career Services at 320-308-2151 or stop by Centennial Hall 215.
Enjoy an evening of entertainment, education and soul food. The Council of African American Students' Ebony Night is 6 p.m. in Atwood Ballroom.
Filmmaker Kiersten Chace and cast member the Rev. Michael Adams will screen the groundbreaking documentary "I'm Not Black, I'm Coloured: Identity Crisis at the Cape of Good Hope." This 2009 film discusses the Coloured people of South Africa, drawing upon the viewpoint of the Coloured people in Cape Town, 1652 to the present. Learn how these people have suffered at the hands of whites and blacks. The movie screens 7 p.m. in the Miller Center Auditorium. A question-and-answer session follows the film.
View the event poster (PDF). Visit the film's Web site. The film is a Monde World Films production.
Answer a Black History Trivia Contest question and win a prize. Bring your knowledge to Atwood Memorial Center main lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Multicultural Student Services hosts a Community Luncheon 11:45 a.m. in Garvey Commons.
Answer a Black History Trivia Contest question and win a prize. Show your stuff in Atwood Memorial Center main lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A Walk Through History will exhibit black history from the early days of slavery to the present. Join the Council of African American Students 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mississippi Room, Atwood Memorial Center.
Angela Davis, a political icon from the 1970s, will speak 7 p.m. in Ritsche Auditorium. Davis, who is a professor emerita at the University of California-Santa Cruz, has prodded America's social conscience for nearly 40 years. She burst on the scene in 1970 when she was the subject of a nationwide dragnet for her alleged role in a shootout at the Marin County Hall of Justice near San Francisco. A Black Panther Party supporter and Communist Party USA member, Davis was arrested, tried and acquitted in 1972. The 64-year-old is an advocate for feminist causes, racial equality, and the abolition of prisons and the death penalty. She is the author of five books, including 2003's "Are Prisons Obsolete?"
Black History Month 2009 is sponsored by Academic Affairs, Career Services, Center for Student Organizations and Leadership Development, Council of African American Students, Cultural Diversity Committee, GLBT Services, Multicultural Student Services, Outdoor Endeavors, Residence Hall Association, Student Finance Committee, Students in Free Enterprise, University Program Board, Women’s Center and Women's Studies.