Southern University at New Orleans plans expansive Black History Month celebration

Southern University at New Orleans plans expansive Black History Month celebration
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POSTED: Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 8:04am

Southern University at New Orleans has prepared a complete calendar of activities to engage its student body and the New Orleans community.

“As part of the nation’s only system of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), SUNO has a tremendous obligation to promote Black History programs that cover the gamut of the experiences, contributions and challenges of the African American community; both currently and historically,” said Dr. Romanus Ejiaga, director of the University’s Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS). “The scope of the programs is intended to be informative and entertaining and we are very excited to share this with our students and the public.”

Highlights of the program include a Kick-Off Celebration on February 5th in the SUNO Gymnasium featuring an address “The Conscientious Construction of Cultural Freedom: Life after Emancipation. Are Blacks Free or Just Lost?” by Dr. Jacqueline F. Brown, Executive Director of the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center in North Brentwood, Maryland.

Throughout the month there will also be a continuing film series featuring stories on the American Civil Rights Movement, the search for “Black Identity” and the racial and political aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. SUNO’s nationally recognized School of Social Work will lead a panel discussion on “A Social Work Perspective on the Emancipation Proclamation and the 1963 March on Washington” and there will also be a lecture on the recently released and controversial film “Django Unchained: Separating Fact from Fiction.”

All events are free and open to the public.  

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