LSU Celebrates Black History Month with events Feb-Mar

LSU Celebrates Black History Month with events Feb-Mar
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POSTED: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 12:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 6:20pm

LSU celebrates Black History Month every February, recognizing the struggles, strides and accomplishments of African Americans. This year’s theme is “Civil Rights in America: Changing Our Perspective.” The following is a list of events for this year’s month-long celebration:

Mister and Miss Imani Pageant: “A Walk in Their Shoes…”
Tuesday, Feb. 4
LSU Union Theater, 7 p.m.

The Mister and Miss Imani Scholarship Pageant is one LSU’s premier pageants that showcases the top African American student leaders on campus.

This year’s pageant theme is “A Walk in Their Shoes…” and will highlight the numerous accomplishments of African American’s throughout history. Contestants will compete in a variety of showcases, including casual and formalwear, business attire, and on-stage questions for the title of Mr. & Miss Imani 2014. The program will also include musical and dance performances by several student organizations. The top four winners will receive a scholarship award to assist in furthering their academic pursuits. Also, the Miss Imani winner will go on to compete for Miss LSU.

Blacks in Academia Lecture Series
Danielle Alsandor: “The Resiliency of Underrepresented College Students”
Wednesday, Feb. 5
LSU Honors College: French House Grand Salon, noon

Blacks in Academia Lecture Series
Journey to the Graduate Degree: A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, Feb. 12
LSU Honors College: French House Grand Salon, noon
Co-Sponsored by the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, or BGPSA

Blacks in Academia
Spring Faculty Enrichment
Wednesday, Feb. 19
LSU African American Cultural Center, 3 p.m.
Hosted by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Community Outreach, or EDCO

Blacks in Academia Lecture Series
Brandon M. Smith, MPA: “Taking it to the Streets: Civil Rights & Outreach”
Wednesday, Feb. 26
LSU Honors College: French House Grand Salon, noon

For the fourth year in a row, the Blacks in Academia Lecture Series returns. The lecture series is a great opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to connect and learn about who is on campus and gives the lecturers the opportunity to highlight and share their research in their specific areas of expertise to the entire LSU Community.

AACC First Fridays
“Saving Face”: The Power of Social Networking
Friday, Feb. 7
LSU African American Cultural Center, 4 – 6 p.m.
Co-Sponsored with the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative, or BMLI, and LSU Career Services

AACC First Fridays
“How I Met My Boss”: Speed Networking Social
Friday, March 7
LSU African American Cultural Center, 4 – 6 p.m.
Co-Sponsored with the BMLI and LSU Career Services

AACC First Fridays is a year-long initiative that invites students to have open and candid conversations about what’s going on in the African-American community both within and outside of the campus community. It’s the perfect way to start of the month and kick-off a Friday night.

Sankofa Poetry & Open Mic Night
“Forever Royalty”
Thursday, Feb. 13
LSU African American Cultural Center, 6 p.m.

Join the celebration for a night of spoken word, great live music, and an intimate reception as we showcase some of LSU’s most outstanding student performances. Open mic sign-up begins at the start of the program. Don’t miss this night of creativity and celebration of the arts.

AACC Jazz Brunch
Saturday, Feb. 22
LSU African American Cultural Center, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Tickets: $35

This year the African American Cultural Center will host a Jazz Brunch to honor distinguished faculty and staff that have contributed to the success of the cultural center. As the center celebrates its 20th year, the campus and community are invited to learn more about the center’s vision for the future.

“The Black Male Profile: Educated, Black and Dangerous”
Thursday, Feb. 26
225 Peabody Hall, 6 p.m.

The LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative will host a powerful Black History Month panel on issues regarding the black male. This year the group is re-visiting the topic that was pushed under the rug after the Trayvon Martin case, which is racial profiling and it impacts on the black male. Join experts, community leaders, professors and students to discuss how a black man can be both educated and yet dangerous in the public eye.

College Reunion
Saturday, March 8
(*Rain Date: Saturday, March 15)
LSU Parade Ground, noon – 4 p.m.

College Reunion is the culminating event of the month long Black History Month celebration. This annual, outdoor extravaganza is designed to unify the LSU African-American campus community and other state and local colleges and universities in an effort to celebrate African-American history and heritage. The event embraces African-American culture through music, dance, spoken word performances, games and contests, and the popular Greek Stroll-Off Competition. Although centralized around the celebration of African-American unity, College Reunion is a diverse and fun-filled program for the entire campus community to enjoy. 

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Why, this is something that Southern should be doing not LSU sense Southern is suppose to be one of if not the biggest black college in the nation, so why not have black history month at Southern instead of LSU is the safety factor a reason for the not having it there instead.

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