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.  During the celebration, students are awarded scholarships through essay contests, student lectures and speeches, and we are honored to host Mrs. Gwendolyn Armstrong-Chamberlain and Mrs. Raylawni Branch for the Armstrong- Branch Lecture Series.


Black History Month 2018


Hattiesburg Campus Events

Highlights of the month’s programming include:

*Friday, Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m.: Clyde Kennard marker unveiling, Kennard-Washington Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

*Monday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m.: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., “Black History Museum,” Thad Cochran Center, room 214, Hattiesburg campus.

*Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m.: African-American Student Organization Cultural Legends Ball, Thad Cochran Center ballrooms, Hattiesburg campus.

*Tuesday, Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.: Soul Food Luncheon, Fresh Food Company, Thad Cochran Center, first floor, Hattiesburg campus (students can deduct from meal plan, if applicable).

*Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.: ‘Think Fast”, R.C. Cook University Union, Hattiesburg campus.

*Thursday, Feb. 22, 12:15 p.m.: Lunch and Learn with USM Dean of Students Dr. Eddie Holloway, Cook Library room 123, Hattiesburg campus.

*Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.: Armstrong-Branch Lecture, Bennett Auditorium, Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.


Wil Haygood


For more information about Black History Month events at the Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus, contact Walls at or 601.266.5057. 


Gulf Park Campus Events

The schedule of events is as follows:

*Thursday, Feb. 1
10:30-11:30 a.m., Paint the Little Rock, Eagle Plaza
12:15-1 p.m., The Spirit of Excellence featuring Dr. Eddie Holloway, USM Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Fleming Education Center Auditorium

*Tuesday, Feb. 6
12:15-1 p.m., Trivia Takedown, Fleming Education Center, room 104

*Wednesday, Feb. 7
5:30-7:30 p.m., Greek Showcase, Fleming Education Center Auditorium

*Thursday, Feb. 8
12:15-1 p.m., Integrating the U.S. Military: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation Since World War II, presented by Dr. Douglas Bristol, USM Associate Professor of History, Fleming Education Center, room 104

*Thursday, Feb. 15
12:15-1 p.m., Insecure: A Theatrical Performance by Harlem Company, Fleming Education Center Auditorium
5-6:30 p.m., Black Love Matters, a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Terri Smith, LMSW, Hardy Hall Ballroom

*Monday, Feb. 19
6-7 p.m., Family Reunion Game Night, Fleming Education Center, room 104

*Tuesday, Feb. 20
8-10 a.m., Golden Goals, Fleming Education Center Rotunda
12:15-1 p.m., Drop the Beat: Soul Line Dancing led by Darri "Lady D" Thomas, Hardy Hall Ballroom

*Wednesday, Feb. 21
5-8 p.m., Lights, Camera, Action! featuring a screening of Detroit, Elizabeth Hall, room 114

*Thursday, Feb. 22
12:15-1 p.m., Black Girls Rock, a panel discussion celebrating the accomplishments of African-American Women in STEM featuring Dr. Monique Cola, Delgado Community College; Tiffany Hawkins, NASA Stennis Space Center; and Dr. Veronica Scott, William Carey University. Fleming Education Center, room 104

*Tuesday, Feb. 27
12:15 - 1 p.m., Soul Food Luncheon, featuring Dr. Eric Summers, Vice President for Student Affairs at Southeastern Louisiana University, Hardy Hall Ballroom

For more information about Black History Month programming at the USM Gulf Park campus, contact the Division of Student Affairs on the Gulf Park campus at 228.214.3341.