L&C Celebrates Black History Month



Graphic by: Dalton Peterson
Graphic by: Dalton Peterson
Ryan Roberts
Staff Writer

Lewis and Clark Community College will be hosting many events during the month of February honoring Black History Month. In order to get students involved, various events have been planned, all of which are free of charge to L&C students.

Of the many affairs planned, the first begins on Thursday, February 4 at 10 a.m. in Trimpe 141 when representatives from the Shell Credit Union will show many ways on how to manage money.

The next event For Girls Only Workshop is in the Reid faculty dining room and starts at 1 p.m., Monday, February 8 and will hopefully inspire young women to develop their talents not only as students but as lifelong learners as well.

On Wednesday, February 10 at noon in the Reid Memorial Library former circuit judge Ellar Duff who will explain the legal system

Community leaders will be visiting at 10 a.m. February 11 in Trimpe 141 to share their experiences and will hopefully inspire younger generations to heed the call of leadership during Pathways to Leadership.

Dance techniques from various African countries, including Katherine Dunham style, Hip Hop and Majorette will be instructed children from ages 6 to teens. The various workshops will begin at 9 a.m. and will run until noon after which a performance, open to everyone, will be given at 2 p.m. Those wishing to participate must register in advance.

Monday, February 15, the East St. Louis Community Performance Ensemble will lead an interactive dance performance in the Reid Cafe at noon. Featuring West African drumming students are encouraged to participate as they will be able to learn various performance techniques.

On Tuesday, February 16, at 5 p.m. the Student Activities department will be offering traditional soul food, which will include black-eyed peas, cornbread, fried chicken, candied yams and is inviting L&C students to come and fill up.

The St. James Choral Ensemble, led by Choir Director Brenda Lancaster, will be performing in the Reid Cafe at noon Wednesday, February 17, featuring gospel spirituals and hymns. Student Dakota Redditt commented, “I’m looking forward to dancing class and the live music.”

At 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, the Underground Railroad Bus Tour will depart from Wade Hall. Participants will learn from tour guide J.E. Robinson as he provides historical lessons on the locations where fugitive slaves sought refuge from the South. Micah Kimble, another student, excited to learn about the Underground Railroad, said, “I’d be interested in seeing the historical sights where slaves were able to escape from their servitude.” The tour is free, however reservations are required and people who wish to take the tour need to contact Jared Hennings at (618) 468-6400 or jhenning@lc.edu.

Carol Daniel, a KMOX broadcaster, will discuss mass communication trends in the Reid Memorial Library at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 19. She will discuss today’s job market and the skills needed to be successful.

Poetry and pizza will be featured at noon on Monday, February 22 in the Underground Connection where St. Louis poet Nicole Nelson will share her talent to create stories using the spoken word.

The SIUe Black Theatre Workshop will put on a production of “Justice Too Long Delayed: A Celebration of Letters From The Birmingham Jail” which will utilize the letters as a backdrop, making comparisons to modern day social issues facing America. The performance will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 24, in the Benjamin Godfrey Chapel.

Finishing off the month will be a Red Cross blood, bone marrow and organ donation drive in The Commons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, February 29.

For all students who wish to participate, all events are free, but some require registration in advance. For more information, the calendar can be found at http://bit.ly/1nFm17L.


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