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Upcoming events for Black History Month

By Brianna Hawkins
On February 1, 2018

A student performs during “Concrete Jungle.” File Photo/The Lion's Roar

Campus Activities Board is inviting students to join them for “Film on the Field” in Strawberry Stadium to watch a screening of “Remember the Titans” on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

Students will be able to receive free popcorn and participate in a ticket raffle for free CAB blankets.

Senior Events Manager Gabrielle Levet explained why CAB decided to choose this event for Black History Month.

“Well we’ve been wanting to do a film, a movie, on the football field, and it kinda worked out that we’re doing a football movie on the football field,” said Levet. “‘Remember the Titans’ does have lots of significance when it comes to black history, so we decided it was kinda fitting to have our film on the field in February.”

Levet’s goal for this event is for students to come and interact, while also celebrating Black History Month.

“That movie is a very inspirational film, and I think it’ll be great for students to watch together in February and on the football field,” said Levet. “So, it kinda puts a new meaning on your friendship and those around you.

The movie Black Panther features the first African American superhero to be featured in one of Marvel’s films that will have a lead role.

Director of Membership and Founder Larry Overton explained the impact he wants the movie to have on students.

“It’s the first black superhero that’s on like main screen, and it’s during Black History Month,” said Overton. “I want them to leave empowered. I do feel like it’s definitely time for African American people to start seeing that they can do anything. I feel like for a little while we were kinda thinking to ourselves, ‘Oh, I can’t do this, I can’t do that,’ but you have a whole superhero movie that’s coming out.”

Project PULL will host a Movie and Game Night at the AMC Palace Theater on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

M.A.D.E. Men will  host an event called, “Young, Black and Gifted” where students can display their talents.

The event will be held in the lobby of the Computer Science and Technology Building on Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

M.A.D.E. Men President Larry Banks said participants could expect to see talents such as drawing, art, music, poetry and singing. Banks and Assistant Director of Membership Gerron Coleman planned this event.

“We feel as though this is going to celebrate Black History Month because it gives the culture of how the younger version see Black History Month,” said Coleman.

Overton explained that by planning this event, African-American students receive more of a platform to exhibit their talents.

“Sometimes it’s very difficult for people to display what they know or display their talents because they don’t have that platform,” said Overton. “So, we felt like because we have the platform to give them a platform. Then, we’re gonna use what we have to promote the people in our community.”

Black Student Union will also be hosting their second Black Student Union Week, which is also called “BSU Week: The Mixtape,” to commemorate Black History Month.

BSU President Mikayla Times explained the importance of having these events for students.

“I feel that it’s important because it spreads awareness to the black community on campus and what we are interested in,” said Times. “Not just our heritage but our culture to the rest of Southeastern.”

Times explained the decision behind this year’s BSU Week mixtape theme.

“It’s gonna be based off different albums that have impacted black history and culture,” said Times. “We thought this would interest the students since most people like music and communicate through music these days.”

BSU Week will begin on Monday, Feb. 19, starting with “Culture Night” in the Student Union theatre at 6:30 p.m. 

Students can expect to watch as participants show off various talents in honor of Black History Month.

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, BSU will host “Set the Record Straight” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the East Pavilion of the Student Union outside of Starbucks.

The event is geared towards student outreach where students can come up to the table and write down a song or lyric that resonates with them, or shaped black culture in America.

On Thursday, Feb. 22, students can attend “Trap Karaoke,” which will be held at an off-campus location that hasn’t been determined yet.

When it comes to why BSU continues to have the tradition, Times said it all goes back to what BSU’s mission is.

“Our mission is to inspire, stimulate and educate them,” said Times. “Part of our mission to educate them is just getting them to realize the importance of their history.”

Also, in honor of Black History Month, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of the Center for Continuing Studies and Professor of History at Xavier University Marcus Cox will come to the university to give a lecture about “African-American Troops in World War II.”

The lecture will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6 in the Student Union Theatre at 1 p.m.

Cox is the author of “Segregated Soldiers: Military Training at Historically Black Colleges in the Jim Crow South,” published by the LSU Press in 2013 along with many other articles and reviews on African-American civilian and military history.

Department Head of History and Political Science William Robison shared why he chose Cox to speak at the university.

“I was looking for speakers who would fit this year’s theme of ‘Louisiana and World War II’ as well as being appropriate for Black History Month, and my colleague, Dr. Michael Fontenot, recommended Dr. Cox whom he has known for quite some time,” said Robison. “Of course, his recently published book, ‘Segregated Solders: Military Training at Historically Black Colleges in World War II’ makes it even better to have him here.”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter here on campus, will also host events from Feb 5-7.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, students are invited to the “Lip Sync Battle.”

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, NAACP will host “Poetry Slam.”

Time and location have not been listed yet due to minor schedule adjustments.

On Jan. 30 to Feb. 8, NAACP will be doing a ticket raffle.

Correction: In an earlier version of this article that was posted on lionsroarnews.com and printed in the Jan. 30th issue of The Lion's Roar, it was stated that  the Movie and Game Night sponsored by M.A.D.E. Men will be held on Feb. 28. The event date was changed to Feb. 21 after the publication ran. It was stated that "Culture Night" would occur at 5-10 p.m., it will occur at 6:30 p.m. The events "The Blueprint: Black Business and Beauty Expo" and the NAACP "Comedy Show" were removed from the article because they could not be confirmed. "Lip Sync" battle is now being reffered to as the "Soul Sync Battle."  These changes occured after the publication ran. See page 8 of the Feb. 6 issue of The Lion's Roar, this website, and our social media pages to view the full Black History Month calender. Events, dates, times and locations are still subject to change. View the organizations social media pages or contact the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs at (985) 549-2120 or multicultural@southeastern.edu.

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