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STLCC Celebrates African-American Heritage

January 27, 2014

St. Louis Community College’s observation of African-American heritage features a number of free events and activities at its campuses and education centers throughout February.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African-Americans. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African-Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

STLCC’s month-long celebration begins with the following events:

“Honoring the Past to Plan the Future”
Feb. 1, 3-5 p.m.
Harrison Education Center, 3140 Cass Ave.
Jamala Rogers, author, columnist with St. Louis American and civil rights activist, will discuss the civil rights movement in St. Louis and the state of Missouri. For more information, contact Angela Roffle at 314-763-6019 or aroffle1@stlcc.edu.

“African-American Heritage Kickoff Celebration”
Feb. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Rescheduled: Monday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Student Center – Multipurpose Room, Florissant Valley Campus, 3400 Pershall Road
The event will feature an African dance troupe; a story of Elijah Lovejoy presented by Barnes Bradshaw from the Missouri History Museum; musical performances as well as free soul food and giveaways. Keith Ware, African-American Male Initiative campus coordinator, will give the keynote address. For more information, call 314-513-4294.

“On a High Note”
Feb. 5, Noon
Student Center Commons, Meramec Campus, 11333 Big Bend Road
The Normandy High School Choir kicks off Black History Month activities on campus with a concert. For more information, call 314-984-7529.

“Open Mic Night: Spoken Word”
Feb. 6, 6:30-9 p.m.
Multipurpose Room, Wildwood Campus, 2645 Generations Drive     
Students, staff and community members are invited to share spoken word or traditional poetry, perform an original spoken word or bring in a poem by a famous African-American writer. Brief original song and music also is welcome. STLCC alum Randy Hannah will emcee and perform. He also will discuss some of the importance of spoken word. For more information, call 636-422-2000.

Throughout the month there will be numerous discussions, lectures, exhibits and presentations. Click here for a complete schedule of events.