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African American History Month


Forest Park Events

African American History Month Kick-Off Featuring Jabali Afrika Dancers
Thursday, February 2, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cafeteria (student center)
Special guest: Progressive Emporium & Education Center

Black History Month Film Festival Series
Every Friday in February
Noon - 4 p.m.
Highlander Lounge

Film Screening: Olympic Pride: American Prejudice
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Multipurpose Room (Cafeteria)
This documentary provides little known information about the 18 African-American athletes, including Jesse Owens, who participated in the 1936 Olympics and the racial prejudice they encountered.

Florissant Valley Events

African American Heritage Celebration Kick-Off Celebration

Wednesday, February 1
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Student Center, MPR
·      African Dance Troupe
·      Re-enactment by Barnes Bradshaw, Missouri History Museum
·      Musical Performance
·      Free Soul Food
Sponsored by Campus Life and Student Government Association and Clubs
Triple Threat: Women’s Acts of Resistance in African American Literature
Wednesday, February 8
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Student Center, PDR-A

Organized by Dr. Lonetta Oliver, Associate Professor of English
Join us for a conversation regarding America’s Peculiar Institution as we discuss the specific ways slavery impacted women. 
Ferguson Fault Lines: Race Quake that Rocked a Nation
Thursday, February 9
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Instructional Resources, Third Floor

Lecture presented by Kimberly Norwood J.D., Washington University – St. Louis, Missouri  
Kimberly Norwood, the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, will speak at the Florissant Valley campus on February 9, 2017 as part of the St Louis Community College at Florissant Valley Library’s Enrichment Seminar Series.  She is the editor of a new book, Ferguson's Fault Lines:  the Race Quake that Rocked a Nation and will discuss the impact that Ferguson has had on our local community as well as the nation.
Women Helping Women: “Make that Money! Personal Finance Tips for Women”
Thursday, February 9
11 a.m. - Noon
Student Center, PDR-A

Facilitated by Lynn Selders, Instructor II of Business Administration and Amy Brown-Marshall, Instructor of Communications
Women Helping Women is a soft-skills seminar series designed to build community and provide STLCC students with the skills they need to be successful in life.  All are welcome, but the content specifically targets women.  Join us for this session as we discuss finance, budgets, investing and other economic concerns of women. 
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice 
Tuesday, February 14
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Student Center, MPR

Organized by Dr. Lonetta Oliver, Associate Professor of English
You’ve heard of Jesse Owens’ historic performance in the 1936 Olympics.  What you probably don’t know is that there were 18 African American athletes who traveled and competed in Nazi Germany.  Olympic Pride, American Prejudice tells the stories of these brave young men and women who endured racial segregation in the United States only to represent this country on a global stage. 
Director and writer Deborah Riley Draper and narrator Blair Underwood presents moments of American history that might have been forgotten.

Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, February 15
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Student Center, MPR
Lecture presented by Dr. Linda Collins, History Department
160 Years of African American Freedom Leaders and Freedom Songs: 1850s to 2010s

Strange Fruit
Thursday, February 16
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Student Center, MPR

Organized by Rosita Lewis, TRIO
Strange Fruit was directed, produced and written by Eric Karlos Ward and co-produced by Sherre Ward. The film reflects the past as it relates to the present in regards to the racial climate with the current situation in the African American community. 
KUT-NUP Productions has produced a documentary film that delves into the history of lynching in America and brings new light to a very dark subject matter.

Poetry Club Open Mic
Wednesday, February 22
Noon - 3 p.m.
Student Center, MPR

Organized by Regina Popper, English Department
The Poetry Club’s annual Winter Open Mic event offers students, staff and the community a chance to share their original poetry (spoken word or traditional) as well as brief political or social issues speech in honor of African American History Month. Brief original song and music is also welcomed as musical interludes.

“The Real McCoys” Lunch and Learn
Thursday, February 23
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Student Center, MPR

Organized by Carla Jordan, Career and Technical Education Retention Specialist
This workshop presented by Carla Jordan will introduce students to the Real McCoy leaders in the fields of Career and Technical Education (CTE) such as arts & communications, business, engineering, health services, human services, and sciences.
Format: Presentation/Panel Discussion

Women Helping Women: “Woman, Protect Thyself: Recognizing the Cycle of Abuse”
Monday, February 27
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Student Center PDR-B

Organized by Emily Lasek, Counseling Department
Women Helping Women is a soft skills seminar series designed to build community while providing professional development and coping strategies training to the women of our campus and community. Professor Lasek is a full-time counselor at the Florissant Valley campus and will be focusing on recognizing "Gaslighting" as an abuse tactic.

Meramec Events

The History of Segregation in St. Louis
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Noon - 2 p.m.
Meramec Student Center, Room 125

Speaker: Dr. Steven G. Collins, Professor of Historical Studies, STLCC-Meramec
Professor Collins will survey the historical, political, social and economic forces that led St. Louis to become one of the most segregated cities in the United States.
What’s true about the Black Panther Party?
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Meramec Business Administration, Room 105

Sponsored by Black Student in Education and Empowerment Club (BSEEC)
Speaker: Mario Love, Adjunct Professor of History, STLCC-Meramec
The intent of this workshop is to dispel commonly held myths about the Black Panther Party (BPP). This workshop focuses on the history of the BPP and its most influential members. Dr. Love will speak about the student activists who stood against police brutality and created community-based social programs to counter social inequity.
Consciously Black:  The 1960s Movement for Freedom and Justice
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
11 a.m. - Noon
Meramec Business Administration, Room 105

Speaker: Dr. Stefan M. Bradley, Associate Professor of history and African American studies at Saint Louis University
Young black people in the 1960s chose to eschew previous convention regarding culture and protest.  As their identities shifted from Negro to Black, youth added a heightened sense of militancy to their struggles for freedom, demanding Black Power. This brought them in direct confrontation with traditional American values and mores. That confrontation had undeniable political, social, and economic implications on today's society. Stefan Bradley will discuss the role of Black Power in altering institutional policies in higher education.
Know Your Rights, Protect Your Rights: Police Panel
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Meramec Theater Auditorium, Room 133

Sponsored by Black Student in Education and Empowerment Club (BSEEC)
Join your fellow classmates and police officers from the St. Louis community for an interactive and engaging dialogue about racial profiling, law reform and strategies for ending discriminatory policing. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in an educational demonstration about their legal rights when encountering law enforcement. Panelists will involve students in possible strategies for fostering better police relations in our community.  
Mr. Shadrack Thomas:  His Life and Legacy
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
1 - 3 p.m.
Meramec Student Center, Room 200

Speaker: Juanita Austin, former dean of Developmental Education at Collin College in Plano, Texas
Juanita Austin will speak about Mr. Thomas, Dean's Austin’s 3rd Great Grandfather, who had his horse confiscated by Union troops during the Civil War. Following the war, he filed a claim with the Southern Claims Commission (SCC) for $175.00 and, in 1878, was awarded $115.00 for his horse. He used the money to purchase land in Tennessee and that land remains in the hands of his descendants to this day.

Wildwood Events

Leadership in Black and White
Thursday, February 23
2:15 p.m
Multipurpose Room
Featuring Terrell Carter, author of, “Leadership in Black and White: Practical Suggestions for the Church to Become a Healing Presence Within Divided Communities.”