Lewis & Clark Holds Annual Flavorsome Soul Food Luncheon

Amber Moore


Lewis and Clark Community College is hosting yet another belly-filling soul food luncheon in order to commemorate Black History Month, serving traditional soul food dishes that reflect African American culture. The luncheon will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Riverbend Arena and will take place at 12:30 p.m.

Guests are welcome to sample soul food dishes such as cornbread, beef tips with gravy, greens, black-eyed peas, smothered chicken, and more. Food will be available all throughout the duration of the day.

Along with the luncheon, attendees are also encouraged to stay and enjoy a doubleheader basketball game featuring Lewis and Clark’s women’s and men’s teams, respectively—each game will begin at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The women’s team will be playing against Parkland College, and the men’s team will be playing against Southwestern Illinois College.

Prior to each game, there will be a chance for everyone to be able to meet Lewis & Clark’s mascot, Blazer. During halftime in each game, there will be games that the audience can participate in and get assorted prizes from.

Other Black History Month events include:

Monday, Feb. 4, Noon. Reid Memorial Library. Madison County Associate Judge Ryan Jumper will discuss the judicial system and present information pertaining to career success in the legal field and discuss choosing law as a profession. He will highlight his background as an example as a ‘how to guide’ in motivating students to strive for excellence.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1:30 p.m. Hatheway Stage. A discussion will follow the viewing of “An Outrage,” a 30-minute documentary on lynching and race in America. Kelly Obernuefemann will facilitate.

Thursday, Feb. 7, 12:15 p.m. Reid Memorial Library. Communications expert D.C. Cooper will highlight information on the value and importance of becoming proficient in public speaking. Learn how to develop skills to become more confident and competent when speaking in a formal and informal setting will be explored.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 12:30. Riverbend Arena. Soul Food Luncheon. Come see a double-header basketball game featuring our men’s and women’s basketball teams 1:00 and 3:00 start times and sample traditional Soul food favorites including – Greens, Black Eyed Peas, Corn Bread, Smothered Chicken, Beef Tips with Gravy and more.

Monday, Feb.11, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Reid Café. Community Performance Ensemble (East St. Louis). Interactive dance performances featuring traditional West African drumming, costumes and performances. Students will participate as they learn various techniques.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Hatheway Hall. Musical Showcase. L&C students will perform various genres of music – gospel, rap, blues, soul and R & B which represent the contribution of African-Americans across these musical landscapes.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m. Underground Railroad Tour. Come and be amazed at the various locations throughout the Riverbend area where slaves sought refuge as they escaped the South.  J. E. Robinson will provide the history and expertise, describing these noteworthy destinations. Free tour! The coach bus will depart at 1 p.m. from parking lot next to Security Building on north entrance of campus. Reservations are required. Call Jared Hennings, 618-468-6400 or jhenning@lc.edu.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Reid Café. Big George Brock Jr. If Blues is your thang, you won’t want to miss Big George Brock Jr. His father – George Brock Sr. – passed down his love for Blues to his son. You’ll see why, as you sway and sing to Big George Brock Jr and the NKG Band.

WLCA 89.9 FM – College employees and community members have recorded profiles of Black American Moments in our nation’s history. Some of the personalities include President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, and Maya Angelou. Spotlights will run once every 3-4 hours as part of regular programming.

WBGZ Radio 1570 AM – Local Black American Moment profile recordings, beginning Feb. 1-28, M – F, from 5a.m. – 6 p.m. during regular programming.

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