The University of Southern Mississippi will mark Black History Month with a varied schedule of educational, recreational and entertainment programming throughout February incorporating the theme “The Empowerment of the Black Man and Woman.”
Organizers of next month’s events hope participants and audiences learn more about and become motivated by the contributions African American men and women make for the betterment of American society.
“This year's programs are designed to inspire all members of the campus community--administrators, faculty, staff and students to go forth and empower not only themselves, but those around them,” said Tiffany Labon-Sims, coordinator of the Office of Minority Affairs and a doctoral student in higher education administration from Memphis.
Southern Miss Black History month events include:
Feb. 4: “State of the Union: USM Edition,” 6 p.m., R.C. Cook Union rooms B and C, hosted by Southern Miss Men of Excellence.
Feb. 5: Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Series – African American History Month Committee presents Kim Brown, “Attaining an Advanced Degree in an Advanced World,” noon, Cook Library room 123.
Feb. 8 -14: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.’s Blue/White Week. Contact the Southern Miss Office of Greek Life for more information at 601.266.4823.
Feb. 12: Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Series – African American History Month Committee presents Andre Heath, “Alliance for Graduate Education in Mississippi/STEM,” noon, Cook Library room 123.
Feb. 12: College Democrats’ Diversity Panel presents “Is Racism Dead?” 6-8 p.m., Thad Cochran Center room 226.
Feb. 16: The Center for Black Studies and the Black Student Alliance present “Millicent Brown, Original Plaintiff for Brown v. Board of Education”, 4-6 p.m., Polymer Science Auditorium.
Feb. 16: African American History Month Committee presents “Young, Successful, and Black: A Southern Miss Alumni Young Professional Panel Discussion,” 6 p.m., R. C. Cook Union Hall of Honors.
Feb. 17: Southern Miss Honors College and African American History Month Committee present the Armstrong-Branch Lecture Series speaker and Southern Miss alumnus Abe M. Hudson, “Creating Success,” 6:30 p.m., Thad Cochran Center Ballroom.
Feb. 18: Southern Miss NAACP presents “Black Jeopardy,” 6:30 p.m., RC’s Lounge, University Union.
Feb. 19: Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Series – African American History Month Committee presents Dr. Jennifer Sequeira, “The Role of Entrepreneurship in Economic Development,” noon, Cook Library room 123.
Feb. 20: Southern Miss Black Graduate Student Organization presents “Soaring Eagles Black and Gold Conference,” 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thad Cochran Center.
Feb. 21: Southern Miss Afro-American Student Organization presents Unity Prayer Breakfast, 8-10 a.m. R. C. Cook Union rooms B and C.
Feb. 26: Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Series – African American History Month Committee presents Dr. Charkarra Anderson-Lewis, “Health in the Black Community,” noon, Cook Library room 123.
For more information on Black History Month activities at Southern Miss, call 601.266.6705 or 601.266.4025.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.