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STLCC-Florissant Valley Celebrates African-American Heritage

January 16, 2015

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will celebrate African-American History Month, with a schedule full of lectures, presentations, readings, music, food and art.

The kickoff celebration will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Multipurpose Room on the 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.

Kenneth Murdock, creator of the Murdock Report on WGNU-AM, will give the keynote address.

In a "Lunch and Learn" session, Roosevelt Mitchell III will talk about being born with a physical disability and into poverty with five brothers and sisters and a single parent on welfare. Today, Mitchell is an author public speaker, disability advocate, special education teacher and president of the Roosevelt Mitchell III Foundation, which focuses on normalizing disability in mainstream society. “The Disabled Scholar!” presentation takes place noon-1 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Student Center Multipurpose Room.

Linda Collins, assistant professor of history at STLCC, will give a presentation on the Ferguson crisis and the painful rebirth of the American Civil Rights Movement. During her presentation, she will examine the similarities, differences, legacies and potential reforms. The event takes place 11 a.m.-noon on Feb. 18 in the Student Center Multipurpose Room.

Bobby Norfolk, an internationally known story performer and teaching artist, will bring Anansi the Spider and other animals to life in a storytelling session at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 in the Child Development Center.

The month-long celebration ends with an Open Mic session noon-3 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Student Center Multipurpose Room. This event offers students, staff and the community a chance to share their original poetry as well as brief political or social issue speech in honor of African-American History Month.

African-American History Month in February celebrates the contributions that African-Americans have made to American history. African-American History Month had its origins in 1915 when historian and author Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. This organization is now known as the Association for the Study of African- American Life and History. Through this organization, Woodson initiated the first Negro History Week in February 1926. Woodson selected the week in February that included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two key figures in the history of African-Americans.

All events are free and open to the public. Special accommodations are available for persons with disabilities by calling 314-513-4323.