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Black History Month

Black History Month


This is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African-Americans in U.S. and Southern Miss history.  Events celebrating Black History month are scheduled for both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses as listed below.


Black History Month 2019


Hattiesburg Campus Events

"Do it for the Culture" - Black History Month


Feb. 1 - SMAC Movie Series: “Selma,” 8 p.m., Joe Paul Student Theater

Feb. 5 - Cultural Legends Ball, 6 p.m., Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms (sponsored by the Afro-American Student Organization)

Feb. 7 - Health Fair, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., R.C. Cook Union Lobby

Feb. 7 - “Southern Black Radicalism in the Postwar Years,” 6 p.m., Liberal Arts Building 101, sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Gulf South

Feb. 8 - "Holloway Huddle,"12 p.m., R.C. Cook Union Room H

Feb. 8 - SMAC Movie Series: “Night School,” 8 p.m., Joe Paul Student Theater

Feb. 9 - SMAC Movie Series: “The Help,” 8 p.m., Joe Paul Student Theater

Feb. 11 - “Until I’m with the Homies,” 6 p.m., Thad Cochran Center, room 218

Feb. 12 - Soul Food Luncheon, 11 a.m. -1 p.m., Fresh Food Company

Feb. 15 - Holloway Huddle- 12 p.m., R.C. Cook Union, room H

Feb. 15 - SMAC Movie Series: “Southside with You,” 8 p.m., Joe Paul Student Theater

Feb. 19 - Armstrong-Branch Distinguished Lecture, 7 p.m., Bennett Auditorium

Feb. 21 - “Strategies for Success in Graduate School,” 12 p.m., Luckyday Multipurpose Room

Feb. 22 - SMAC Movie Series: “Nobody’s Fool,” 8 p.m., Joe Paul Student Theater

Feb. 23 - The Big Event, sponsored by Student Government Association

Feb. 23 - SMAC Movie Series, “Black Panther,” 8 p.m., Joe Paul Student Theater


For more information about Black History Month on the USM Hattiesburg campus, contact Walls at 


Gulf Park Campus Events 

 #BlackHistoryMatters - Black History Month


Incorporating the theme #BlackHistoryMatters, Black History Month programming at USM Gulf Park will feature lectures, movies and a soul food dinner, among other activities. The complete schedule of events includes the following:

Feb. 4 - “Paint the Little Rock,” 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Eagle Plaza

Feb. 7 - “Greek Showcase,” 5:30 – 7 p.m., Fleming Education Center (FEC). Program spotlights history of Greek Life at USM.

Feb. 11 - “Individual Release: A Harlem Presentation,” 12-1 p.m., FEC, featuring arts presentation by the Harlem Company. Lunch will be provided, and the first 25 students attending will receive a free T-shirt.

Feb. 12 - Movie matinee, “Daughters of the Dust,” 3-5 p.m., FEC, featuring door prizes and snacks.

Feb. 18 - “Golden Goals” free blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI) screenings, Southern Miss Health Center (participants asked to fast after midnight prior to screenings).

Feb. 18 - “Hip-Hop Zumba,” 5:10-6:10 p.m., Fitness Center. Snacks and water to be provided.

Feb. 21 - “An Evening with Dr. Gilbert Mason Jr.,” Hardy Hall, 5-6 p.m. This program, co-sponsored by the Afro-American Student Organization, will take a look back at the Gulf Coast wade-ins, a key moment in the Mississippi civil rights movement, and feature personal accounts.

Feb. 26 - “Soul Food Dinner,” 5:30 – 7 p.m., Hardy Hall Ballroom, featuring Dr. Sherita Johnson, associate professor of English and director of the USM Center for Black Studies, as keynote speaker. Along with dinner, door prizes and T-shirts will be available. 

Black History Month at USM Gulf Park will also feature the #BlackHistoryMatters Essay Contest Feb. 1-18.

For information about this contest, or for questions about other Black History Month events at USM Gulf Park, contact its Office of Student Affairs at 228.214.3314 or email


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