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Black History Month Activities at Southern Miss Include Lectures, Dance Performance PDF Print E-mail
Monday, February 01, 2010
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499   

A lecture by a noted civil rights activist and a presentation by a modern dance team from New York highlight Black History Month activities in February at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Bob Zellner, whose parents and grandparents were members of the Ku Klux Klan, will speak on his work as a white southerner in the civil rights movement fat the Center for Black Studies symposium "Civil Rights and Black Power: The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Black Panther Party"Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Polymer Science Building auditorium. Admission is free.

Zellner recounts his experiences working for social change and equal rights during the turbulent 1960s, including as the first white southerner field secretary for Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, in his book “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.” He will be joined by former Black Panther Party member and Black Power activist Harold Taylor, who will also speak at the symposium.

On Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium, University Forum will present the 17th annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture featuring a performance by Christal Brown and the INSPIRIT Dance Company of New York titled “Liquid Strength.” The all-woman modern dance company, founded by Brown in 2000, showcases emerging African American female dancers and choreographers and is known for its eclectic style. Admission is free.

The Armstrong Branch Lecture series was founded in honor of Raylawni Branch and Elaine Armstrong Chamberlain, the first African American students at the university.

Other Black History Month events at Southern Miss include:

Feb. 2 – Kukuwa Dance Workout, Payne Center, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 3 – Choices in Nutrition information session, R.C. Cook Union lobby, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Feb. 8 – Ultimate Money Skills information session, sponsored by Residence Life and Career Services, 7 p.m. Stout Hall A.

Feb. 10 – Movie: “For the Love of Basketball”, 7 p.m. Student Activities Hub. Free admission.

Feb. 11 – Black History and Present in Law, R.C. Cook Union Hall of Honors, 6 p.m.

Feb. 17 – African American Dance Appreciation, Thad Cochran Center Ballroom, 6-8:30 p.m.

*Feb. 19-20 - INSPIRIT dance performance, Theatre and Dance Studio 115, 7:30 p.m., $10 admission.

Feb. 23 – State of the African American Family, R.C. Cook University Union Room B, 12-1 p.m.

Feb. 24 – State of the Black Union, R.C. Cook University Union Rooms B and C, 7 p.m.

For more information about Black History Month at Southern Miss, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 601.266.4025.

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