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Black History Month 2017 Events

Campus to celebrate African American achievements with lectures, exhibits, information table, luncheon, other events

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Parkland College will celebrate the historical achievements of African Americans with events during Black History Month in February. With the theme "Moving Forward," the monthlong observance includes an art exhibition, lectures, information tables, a popular soul food luncheon, and a service opportunity. The public is invited to participate in the following events, unless otherwise noted.

February 1
Mindfulness in a Busy Life 
Noon–1 p.m.
Room C118
Presentation by Dean of Students Marietta Turner. 

February 7
AIDS Awareness Information Table 
11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Student Union
The Black History Month Committee will help raise awareness on campus about the impact of HIV/AIDS in the African American community, promote HIV testing, and encourage treatment for those with HIV/AIDS. See www.blackaids.org or www.blackaidsday.org for more information on the national day.

February 8
Black Student Success Project: Relationships Part 1 
1–2 p.m.
Room U140
Counseling and Advising Center’s Donna Tanner-Harold will facilitate the discussion, one that’s popular with students.

February 9
Little Rock before the Nine
Noon–1 p.m.
Room U140
In September 1957, a group of nine African-American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School. Their presence was met with resistance, rioting, and police actions meant to prevent their attendance in the previously all-white school. Recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine this fall, Dr. Joe Walwik explores the socioeconomic and educational conditions that led these brave youth to place themselves at such extraordinary risk.

February 13
Light vs Dark: The Real Divide in the Black Community 
Noon–1 p.m. 
Room U140
This presentation by Nick Sanders, an associate director in Admissions, will examine the deep divide in the African American community about skin complexion and how lighter and darker skin complexions are perceived by mainstream society.

February 16
A White Man's Experience Reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Room D116
Audiences will enjoy this presentation by Steven Rutledge.

Giertz Gallery Art Exhibition: "Home: Works by Alicia Henry"
•    Artist Lecture: 1:15 p.m., Harold and Jean Miner Theatre
•    Reception: 5–7 p.m., Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, with gallery talk at 6 p.m. and music by Parkland Guitar Ensemble

February 17
Black History Month Luncheon 
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Student Union cafeteria 
Sample an array of African American dishes. Luncheon catered by C&C Kitchen of Rantoul ($10/person; staff and students only)

February 18
Community Service Project: Food Pantry
10 a.m.–Noon
Room M138
Volunteers will be repacking rice for the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland. For information on how to participate, contact Josh Clark, AmeriCorps VISTA, at 217/353-3302.

February 21
Black Lives Matter: Mainstream Media vs. Reality
Noon–1 p.m.
Room C118
In this session, you will learn about the real nature and work of the Black Lives Matter Global Network. The mainstream media and political conservatives have perpetuated many lies and distorted images. Learn about the community building, political education, and principled resistance of the BLMN from members of its Midwest chapters.

February 22
Black Student Success Project: Relationships Part 2 
1–2 p.m.
Room U140

February 27
"Stop Lying, Doc!" The Relationship of Medical Professionals and African Americans 
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Room U140
What started in 1932 as an experimental health design using African Americans has evolved into deep-rooted mistrust of medical science. Student Life Wellness Coordinator Sara Maxwell, MPH, explores health disparities in the African American community and the history that created it.

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