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African American History Month

African-American History Month Events on Campus

STLCC-Wildwood  |  Campus lobby
Impact Display: Notable African Americans
In celebration of African American History Month, STLCC-Wildwood will celebrate with an impact board in the campus lobby. Stop by the month-long exhibit to reflect and learn about notable African Americans who have excelled in the arts and sciences, transcended sports and shaped American culture.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  |  STLCC-Florissant Valley  |  Student Center, MPR
African American Heritage Celebration Kick-Off

Keynote Speaker – Judge George W. Draper III, Missouri Supreme Court Justice
• African Dance Troupe
• Musical Performance
• Free Soul Food
Theme - African Americans in Times of Change
Sponsored by Campus Life and Student Government Association and Clubs

11 a.m. - 12 noon  |  STLCC-Forest Park  |  Student Center Cafeteria
Sunshine and the East St. Louis Community Performance Ensemble

Entertaining audiences for nearly 40 years, their techniques and dances are steeped in traditional West African culture. Every leap, kick, shake and movement performed in tandem with drums articulate a plethora of special messages, from encouraging resilience to celebrating unity to honoring the ancestors. This performance is designed to both entertain and educate.
Contact: Amber Howlett 314-763-6014 or Bruce Munson 314-644-9656

11 a.m. - 12 Noon  |  William J. Harrison Education Center
56th U.S. Colored Infantry of the Civil War

The 56th United States Colored Infantry was a regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The regiment was composed of African American enlisted men, commanded by white officers, and was authorized by the Bureau of Colored Troops, which was created by the United States War Department in 1863. Presentation facilitated by Sarah Cato, African American Studies historian.
Contact: Mavis Stone 314-763-6017

12 noon - 2 p.m.  |  STLCC-Meramec  |  Student Center Cafeteria
African American History Month Kick-Off Event & Entrepreneur Showcase

The kick-off event will feature the past, present and future of the music industry. Information on important African American musicians of our past and present will be discussed, and the future of the industry will be shown through the musical performances of STLCC students. An entrepreneur and business showcase featuring STLCC student, faculty and staff business owners will also be held.
Contact: Sanela Mesic, smesic@stlcc.edu

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  Forest Park  |  Student Center Café West
From Kaepernick to Charlottesville: The Continued Relevance of Black History Month

This program will be a panel discussion that will bring together a number of distinguished faculty members and professionals who will discuss the present and future relevance of African American History Month and African American Studies. It will also discuss the significance of African American Studies within the academy and opportunities that are available for students who may want to pursue a major or minor in the field of study. Refreshments will be provided.
Contact: Dorian Brown 314-644-9706

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  |  Meramec, Student Center Cafeteria
Discovery Showcase
Join STLCC students and learn more about the contributions of African American inventors throughout the ages in the areas of science, technology, communication, agriculture, transportation, music and more!
Contact: Sanela Mesic, smesic@stlcc.edu

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  |  William J. Harrison Education Center
Shadow of Lincoln (the United States Civil War) and Tales of the Underground Railroad

includes the story of Henry “Box” Brown. Presented by Bobby Norfolk, an internationally known story performer and teaching artist, this three-time Emmy Award winner, multiple Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver Award winner and Storytelling Oracle Award recipient is one of the most popular and dynamic story-educators in America today.
Contact: Mavis Stone 314-763-6017

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  |  Florissant Valley  |  Student Center, Multi Purpose Room
“50 Years after MLK’s Assassination in 1968, Why African Americans are Still Protesting in 2018”

Lecture presented by Dr. Linda Collins, history department.

1 - 2:30 p.m.  |  Florissant Valley  |  Student Center Hallway, 2nd Floor
Influential African Americans with Disabilities

Sponsored by Amy Miller, Access Office

1 - 3 p.m.  |  Meramec  |  SC200
Screening of “Marshall” (2017)

Young Thurgood Marshall faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman, a local Jewish lawyer who’s never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty. Free soda and popcorn.
Contact: Sanela Mesic, smesic@stlcc.edu

Noon-1:30 pm  |  Meramec Theatre
“Letters to Harriet Tubman” by Paul Morse

“Letters To Harriet Tubman”, performed by the Black Rep Touring Company, uses songs and stories of the Civil War
era to tell the adventures of the heroic woman who fought slavery through the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman,
born into slavery, grew to become one of the foremost warriors in the battle against slavery, helping and guiding
hundreds of enslaved people, including her own parents, travel north to freedom. The production examines the history
of the main character and of the times, and is interspersed with lively period songs and African American spirituals,
including “Go Down, Moses,” “Oh, Freedom” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” A telling tale of the difference that can be made through the strength and courage of one individual, this performance inspires and encourages the audience to hope, dream and achieve. Stay for a Q&A with the cast!
Contact: Sanela Mesic, smesic@stlcc.edu

12 noon - 2 p.m.  |  Meramec  |  Student Center Cafeteria
African Drum Performance and Workshop

Join us for a performance by Djougoukan Percussion in the cafeteria, followed by a drum dance workshop in BA105.
Contact: Sanela Mesic, smesic@stlcc.edu

1 - 2:30 p.m.  |  Forest Park  |  Student Center Café West
Diversity and Inclusion Series: Presentation - “Biases”

Presented by Dr. Deborah Henry, history department
Contact: Deborah Bush-Munson 314-644-9902 or Deborah Henry 314-644-9657

12:15 - 1 p.m.  |  Wildwood  |  Multipurpose Room Side A
Racism in America

Presented by Kimberlee Vaughn, assistant professor of psychology, this interactive discussion examines how much progress our society has truly made in addressing the issue of racism for African Americans.

11 a.m. - 12 noon  |  Florissant Valley  |  Student Center, Multi Purpose Room
Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi

Everyone knows that Martin Luther King Jr. stood for nonviolence. Learn how he discovered this philosophy through
the teachings of the great Indian statesman Mahatma Gandhi. Presented by Nartana Premachandra.
Sponsored by Cathy Reilly, Enrichment Seminar Series

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  Wildwood  |  Lobby
Soul Food

Celebrate African American heritage by sampling free soul food.

12 noon - 1 p.m.  |  Wildwood  |  Student Services Conference Room 105
STLCC Diversity and Inclusion Book Club Discussion

Join STLCC’s Diversity and Inclusion Book Club for a discussion led by Keith Fuller, director of diversity and inclusion. The conversation will focus on the book, “Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America,” by Joseph Barndt.

3 - 5 p.m.  |  Meramec  |  SC201
Screening of “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”
Join us for a community screening of “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement” by filmmakers Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday (POV 2012, 21 min.), moderated by STLCC Professor Steven Collins. In this 2012 Oscar-nominated short film, Alabama barber and civil rights veteran James Armstrong experiences the
fulfillment of an unimaginable dream: the election of the first African American president. This film explores the
history of the struggle of civil rights through Armstrong’s experiences from carrying the American flag during the
1965 “Bloody Sunday” Selma voting rights march to challenging school segregation in Alabama.
Join us for a moderated discussion after the movie. Free soda and popcorn.
Contact: Sanela Mesic, smesic@stlcc.edu