Black History Month, observed annually in February, is a celebration of achievements by African Americans and important milestones throughout U.S. history. These individuals and events are a part of the fabric of American history and are therefore important to us all.
L&C has a full calendar of events for the month of February. Following are some of the activities and events that are open to student participation:
·Wednesday, February 1, 11:45 a.m.: Lamar Harris, a talented DJ and brass player, will be in the Reid Cafe and will provide a music history lesson on African American culture.
· Thursday, February 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Help fight the deadly disease known as sickle cell anemia by donating blood to the Charles Drew American Red Cross. The blood drive will be held in the commons.
- Monday, February 6, 11 a.m.: Get a better understanding of the law from Madison County Associate Judge Duane Bailey who will be speaking in the Reid Memorial Library.
- Wednesday, February 8, 11:30 a.m.: Comedy Explosion features three of St. Louis’s finest comedians. The show will be held in the Reid Café.
- Saturday, February 11, 5:30 p.m.: The Busy Fingers will discuss the art and history of quilting in African American culture. Elsah artist Sun Smith’s “Foret Art about Film” exhibit will feature a variety of quilt making which will feature different African Americans film, actors, and directors.
- Monday, February 13, 11:45 a.m.: The STK Vocal Group will perform in the Reid Café.
- Wednesday, February 15, 11 a.m.: Dr. Jamie North will discuss the medical profession, highlighting motivational tools and student success tips in the Reid Memorial Library.
- Sunday, February 26, 4 p.m.: A variety of entertainers will perform in the annual Celebration in Song: A Musical Journey concert. The concert demonstrates the impact African American music has had from slavery to present day. Tickets are $10 for adults and $ 5 for children ages 12 & under. Admission is free for L&C students. The event will be held in the Trimpe Advance Technology Center.
- Monday, February 27, 1:30 p.m.: The Art of Spoken Word will mix poetry with upbeat tempos and phrases, involving stories of life and emotion. It will be held in the Reid Hall’s Underground Connection.
- Tuesday, February 28, 11 a.m.: Johnny Lee Lane, drummer and professor, of REMO Inc., will present Black Music and Culture in America in the Ringhausen Music Building.
- Wednesday, February 29, 11:45 a.m.: Centro De Capoeira will entertain with an interactive dance performance, featuring Brazilian style rooted African Expression, in the Reid Café.
- Television: Alton African American Oral History Project will be airing nightly on on LCTV. (Charter Cable Channel 989) in the Alton area and will be streaming live at www.lc.edu/lctv live on Wednesday. February 29. This project includes a montage of profiles on people who contributed to the local community.
- Radio: Black American Moment: Readings on African Americans in History will air as part of regular programming, so tune to WLCA 89.9 FM and WBGZ 1570 AM to hear the voices of college employees and community members including Ed Gray, Yvette McLemore, and Kehven Williams, and others.