Where There’s Black Culture, There’s A Celebration

Alisha Harris, The Black Bear – Students and staff members of Missouri State University will be celebrating African-American History Month with campus events, movies, open forums and guest speakers. Those participating will include the Association of Black Collegians, Multicultural Resource Center, local Springfield actors and many more.

The week of Feb. 9 is one of the eventful weeks of African-American History Month at Missouri State. ABC will be hosting its Heritage Week from Feb. 9 to Feb. 13.

Brandi Higgins, sophomore cell and molecular biology major and Treasurer of ABC, elaborated more on each of the events this week.

Higgins explained the topics that will be discussed during the Black Family Unit forum on Feb. 9 and its purpose.

“We’re going to talk about the significance of the black family. We’re going to touch on gender roles, stereotypes and talk about ways that we can uplift the Black family,” Higgins said.

Higgins said she wants everyone to be able to learn something from the event.

“I want everyone to know we come from strong Black family households, and we are strong, goal oriented young adults that can do anything we put our mind to,” Higgins said.

Movies that will be shown during African-American History Month will be:

  • “Selma” by ABC, Feb. 10 in the Library 101
  • “Dear White People” Feb. 19 Library 101 with a discussion held by Dr. Marlin C. Barber, professor of History and African-American studies at Missouri State

If you’re looking for musical entertainment or even a show, you can find them both during this year’s celebration:

  • A one man Opera titled “Movin on up in the Word” featuring Dr. Richard Todd Payne, MSU music professor. This show will be held in Ellis Recital Hall Feb. 26.
  • Untamed Tongues will be performing at “Soul Food,” a poetry event featuring Pages Matam, National poetry slam champion, educator and activist in the PSU Theater Feb. 20.
  • “Rights of Passage” play featuring local actors and actresses and inspired by recent events of violence in the PSU Theater Feb. 17.

Dr. Johnny Washington, MSU philosophy and African-American studies professor, said he’s looking forward to Sable Sensations, the talent show by ABC to showcase Black art.

Washington has held many discussions about political leader Marcus Garvey during his class lectures, but he’s looking forward to seeing Robert Hill, a UCLA professor speak about him later this month.

“He’s been doing research on Marcus Garvey since the 1980s, he’ll be here on the 26th of February… He was raising the black consciousness and telling them to be proud of their African heritage…he was very influential,” Washington said.

Event information can be found on the Missouri State website under Calendar of Events. You can also visit the Multicultural Programs page or stop by the Multicultural Resource Center on the first floor of the Plaster Student Union.

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