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Black History Month

Black History Month

The Black Effect: USM's celebration of Black History Month 2021, organized by the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, will mark the important achievements by black Americans, and the central role of African Americans in U.S. and Southern Miss history. 

2021 Program


February 5 | Drive-in Movie

Host: Southern Miss Activities Council
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Payne Center Parking Lot

The Southern Miss Activities Council will be showing 42. 42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film about baseball player Jackie Robinson, the first black athlete to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) during the modern era.

February 8 | Let’s Talk CurlZ

Host: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc- Lambda Theta Chapter 
Time: 6:20 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 927 1258 3325

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc- Lambda Theta chapter explores the history of hair through healthy hair discussion and demonstration. 

February 10 | For Us by Us: The Black Business Fair

Host: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc- Theta Eta Chapter 
Time: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Instagram: @usmsigmas 

This online program will highlight black business and encourage students to support African American entrepreneurs.  

February 17 | Cultural Legends Ball

Host: Afro-American Student Organization
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 981 1423 2337 

This event celebrates the rich culture of African Americans ranging from the Harlem Renaissance to new age Hip-hop and R & B.  

February 18  | Black Excellence is my Excellence

Time: 6 p.m.
Zoom meeting ID: 959 7660 2467 

This program will address the importance of networking and community in the African American community.  

February 18 | Strategies for Success in Graduate School

Host: Graduate School and McNair Scholar’s Program
Time: 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 978 2614 3969  
Passcode: 30906201 

This will be a virtual panel consisting of faculty and graduate students providing information and answering questions to prepare minority students for success in graduate school.


February 21 | Take it to Church

Host: Men of Excellence and Emerge Church
Time: 1 p.m.
FB Live

The Men of Excellence will be "Taking it to Church" on February 21st, We will be partnering with The Emerge Church for Sunday Service at 1 p.m. Please join via Facebook to Worship, Praise, and be blessed.


February 24 | Ending Rape Culture & Sexual Violence in the Black Community: A Student Leader Panel Discussion

Host: Sexual Assault Prevention Ambassadors
Time: 6 p.m.
Zoom meeting: ID 925 2364 0055 
passcode: usm.sapa 

This program will focus on topics relevant to sexual assault that uniquely impacts the NPHC community. These topics range from bystander intervention strategies, consent, hookup culture, false narratives on Black masculinity, Jezobel stereotype, etc.


February 23 | Former Black Student Leader Panel

Host: Office of Leadership and Student Involvement
Event details can be found

This event features former black student leaders from Southern Miss to share experiences and tips regarding success as a black student with current students on campus.


February 25 | The Graduate School Journey: The Students’ Perspective 

Host: Graduate School and McNair Scholar’s Program
Time: 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 965 3671 3661  Passcode: 12033326 

A panel of black graduate students will discuss their experiences for an audience of undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate degrees.


February 25 | Women in Power

Host: Women’s Empowerment Association
Time: 6 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 962 6732 5705
Passcode: 40422879  

This program will highlight inspirational women in the Hattiesburg community. Join us as discuss the journey to achievement. 


February 28 | Southern Miss Eagle Awards: A Celebration of Black Culture 

Host: Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement 
Time: 6 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 712 4326 9976 

This program highlights achievements of African American students and organizations across campus.

Contact Us

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Lucas Administration Building 
118 College Drive #5173
Hattiesburg, MS  39406

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