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EIU celebrates African-American Heritage Month in February with various events

Jan-27-2022

(Charleston, IL) – Eastern Illinois University invites community members to join students, staff and faculty in celebrating African-American Heritage Month this February.

EIU will offer a variety of cultural and educational events intended to celebrate black lives by honoring the men, women, families and communities that support and sustain black excellence. Events will center around a principal theme of “For the Culture: Protect, Preserve & Persist!” and include an assortment of programs and activities that highlight black contributions and applaud the most fundamental elements of blackness in American and global culture.

African-American Heritage Month events at EIU kicks off Friday, January 28 with inaugural speaker Sunshine Clemons, founder of Black Lives Matter Springfield, who will present “Bias in Professionalism” in EIU’s Doudna Black Box Theater at 1 p.m. Other events throughout the month will include:

  • Monday, January 31
    African American Heritage Month Kickoff Event, hosted by the University Board in the University Ballroom, located in EIU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union
  • Wednesday, February 2
    The Black Student Union and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will present “Time Period Train” Through Black History in the Andrews Hall Basement at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 3
    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will present “Everyone Wants to Be Black Until it’s Time to Be Black” in the Coleman Hall Auditorium at 6:20 p.m.
  • Friday, February 4
    EIU’s PRIDE RSO will present a Movie Night: The Same Difference in the Coleman Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m.
  • Monday, February 7
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will present “Black Card Revoked” at the Phipps Lecture Hall in the Physical Science Building at 6:13 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 8
    Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will present “Food for the Soul” in the Cultural Center at 5:22 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 15
    Strong S.H.E. will present “Black Women and Reality TV…Is It for the Culture” in the University Ballroom in the Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union at 6 p.m.3
  • Wednesday, February 16
    NPHC will present “Black History Trivia Night” in the Martinsville Room in the Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 17
    - The Department of Public Health and Nutrition will present “Soul Food: Nourishment for the Culture” in Klehm Hall Room 2309 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
    - LASO will present “What is Afro-Latinidad?” in the Charleston/Mattoon Rooms in the Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, February 18
    The NAACP will present the NAACP Image Awards in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union at 7 p.m.
  • Monday, February 21
    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will present “Movie Night: Selma” at the Phipps Lecture Hall in the Physical Science Building at 6:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 22
    NACWC will present the African American Leadership Awards at the University Ballroom in the Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 23
    Alpha Psi Lambda Fraternity, Inc. will present “Afro-Latinos Trivia Night” in the Martinsville Room in the Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 24
    “Voices in Progress: Untold Truth – the ABCs of Black History” in the Coleman Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 26
    50th Annual Ms. Black EIU Pageant at the Grand Ballroom in the Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union at 7 p.m.
  • Monday, February 28
    The Minority Teacher Education Association (MTEA) will present the MTEA Panel Series: Hearing from Our Past to Motivate Our Future!” at 6 p.m. on Zoom (https://eiu.zoom.us/j/96225252130)

For more information and links to EIU’s African-American Heritage Month virtual events, visit EIU’s Office of Inclusion and Academic Engagement on the web at www.eiu.edu/oiae/. For more information about EIU, or to learn more about its growing assortment of programs and services, visit the university’s website at www.eiu.edu, or call EIU’s public information office at (217) 581-7400.

 

 

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Josh Reinhart, Public Information Coordinator

2142 Old Main
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-7400
Fax: 217-581-8444
jdreinhart@eiu.edu


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