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Black History Month fosters knowledge

Black History Month fosters knowledge

Shelby Schueller
News Editor

Students, staff, faculty and community members are encouraged to learn about and celebrate African-American history during LCC’s Black History Month.

Events are scheduled to occur throughout the month of February.

Black History Month Planning Committee Chair Robin Moore said she is excited for the upcoming events. Each event is free and everyone is welcome, according to Moore.

“You’re going to educate yourself, you’re going to have fellowship with others … it’s going to be fun, it’s going to be uplifting,” Moore said. “(Black history) is part of history, and I think it’s important that everyone should be aware of our history.”

The Black History Month events opening ceremony was held on Jan. 30.

An African dance and drumming performance, a presentation of the African-American National Anthem and guest speaker Dr. David Pilgrim, founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University, were all featured at the ceremony.

Events of all kinds are scheduled throughout the month of February, the first of which is the Community Health Fair on Feb. 4.

The fair will offer a wide variety of health information and is scheduled to be on the third floor of the Gannon Building on LCC’s main campus. It will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Feb. 8, the LCC Faculty Jazz Quartet and special guest Thornetta Davis will celebrate the musical side of history at the “Thornetta Sings The Blues” concert.

The concert is scheduled to be  at LCC’s Dart Auditorium at 2 p.m.

LCC’s Black Student Union will host an installment of the Difficult Dialogues series Feb. 1.

The installment, entitled “The N Word,” is at the Centre for Engaged Inclusion, located behind Campus Resources on the second floor of the Gannon Building.

The discussion is designed to help participants understand the meaning and power behind the word. “The N Word” is scheduled to occur from 4 to 5 p.m.

Other events include a workshop titled “Malcolm X: Civil Rights and Black Power”, a field trip to the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit, MI and a book discussion of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Black History Month events will conclude with a Taste of History “Men of Color Initiative and Workshop” on Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third floor of LCC’s Library.

“I am really excited about all the events planned for Black History Month,” said Black Student Union Member Sarah Hardin. “I’m looking forward to the museum visits because people are able to visually see a small piece of what Black History looks like and it is more interesting than just reading about it in a book … Black history is American history!”

For more information about Black History Month events, go to lcc.edu/studentlife/bhm.

Those who have questions or wish to get involved may contact Robin Moore at caldwer@lcc.edu.

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