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Rich schedule of events planned for Black History Month at ISU

February 2, 2020

Indiana State University has a wide variety of events throughout February for Black History Month. They start with today’s Kickoff Celebration featuring a speech by alumna Carolyn E. Mosby-Williams, author of the book Unflappable. 

The Kickoff Celebration starts at noon at Dede 2 and 3 in the Hulman Memorial Student Union.

“Indiana State University is the only institution in the state of Indiana that admitted an African American as early as 1870,” said Sumalayo Jackson, Interim Director of the Charles E. Brown African American Cultural Center.

“The Black History Month committee wanted to celebrate 150 years of African American achievement at Indiana State University. As a committee, our goal is to provide our ISU community and the Terre Haute community a place to acknowledge, recognize, and celebrate African American achievement and contributions beyond slavery.

“I’m hopeful this year we will achieve that goal through programs that recognize the intellectual, social and artistic contributions by people of African descent. … I encourage all students to take advantage of the varied opportunities to broaden their knowledge, value differences and appreciate Indiana State University’s historical legacy on diversity and inclusion.”

Here is the schedule:

Feb 3-29 — Cunningham Memorial Library, Smithsonian Institute’s poster exhibit “A Place for All People”

Feb 1-29 — First Floor Cunningham Memorial Library, “A History of the African American Experience at Indiana State University, 1870-1990.” Pictorial History, Dr. Crystal Mikell Reynolds

Feb 3  Noon, Dede 2 and 3, BHM Kickoff Celebration. Opening ceremony speaker is Carolyn E. Mosby-Williams, an ISU alumna and author of “Unflappable.” AACC, BHM Committee, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Feb 6  11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Generations Regional Soul Cuisine, Sodexo, BHM Committee

Feb 6 — 7 p.m., Tilson Auditorium, Hiplet-ISU Performing Arts Series

Feb. 11 — 1 p.m., AACC Auditorium, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Series, BHM- Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and African American Cultural Center

Feb. 12  5 p.m., HMSU 421, Coming Out in Black Community-MSP

Feb 12 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dede2 & 3, Black Wall Street-BGSA

Feb. 15  8 to 12 p.m., Dede 2 & 3, BOSS Ball-BOSS

Feb. 17 — 5 p.m., Dede 3, BHM Health Fair-Health Promotions

Feb. 17  5 to 7 p.m., HMSU 709, Blackflix and Chill-BGSA

Feb. 18  5 p.m., HMSU 709, Documentary “Knock Down the House”-WRC

Feb. 18 — 3 to 4 p.m., Career Center, Black History Display-Presentation: “The Death Makers” and other items in the history of African Americans at Indiana State University” by Dr. Crystal Mikell Reynolds (community member)  

Feb. 19  6 p.m., HMSU 307, Belief Zone-The Role of African American Women in the Black Church-WRC

Feb. 20 — 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., 110 G University Hall, Black Women’s Read In-Educational Leadership and Cunningham Memorial Library

Feb. 25 — 8:30 p.m., Tilson Auditorium, Sycamore Sessions Union Board

Feb. 26  5 to 7 p.m., AACC Auditorium, Taboo Topics-“What is Discrimination?” Jordan Burton Indiana Civil Rights Commission-Office of Sustainability and MSP

Feb. 27  12:30pm, WRC 709, Discussion led by Dr. Leslie King, Black and Driven, Black Women in Politics-WRC  

Feb. 27  6 to 8:00 p.m., Indianapolis, Indy Black Chamber of Commerce Networking Event-Career Center

Feb. 27  6 to 8 p.m., Lifelong Learning Center, Black Film Festival-VCPL

Feb. 29  TBA, BHM Community Gospel Observance featuring Ebony Majestic Choir-Terre Haute Unity Gospel Choir

Media contact:

Mark Alesia, Director of University Communication

(O) 812-237-3837

(C) 812-229-8020

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