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USM celebrates Black History with month full of events

Carter G. Woodson is thought of by many as "the father of Black History Month" due to his influential lobbying to establish the holiday. Carter G. Woodson is thought of by many as "the father of Black History Month" due to his influential lobbying to establish the holiday.
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The University of Southern Mississippi will kick off Black History month Sunday at both its Hattiesburg and Long Beach campuses. The theme for this year's event is "Celebrating 50 Years of African American Excellence at Southern Miss." 

As well as paying tribute to influential black leaders throughout history, the theme will also honor the school's 50th anniversary since it became a desegregated institution. In September 1965, Gwendolyn Armstrong and Raylawni Branch became the first African Americans to enroll at USM.

Black History Month got its official designation as a holiday by the U.S. Congress in 1986. It celebrates the contributions that African Americans have and continue to make in American history and culture. Carter G. Woodson is thought of by many as "the father of Black History Month" due to his influential lobbying to establish the holiday.

Listed below is the full schedule of events:

  • Hattiesburg:
    • Jan. 31 -- 3 p.m. - “Take Us to Church" - Thad Cochran Center Ballroom - Sponsored by AASO, Men of Excellence, and USM NAACP chapter
    • Feb. 1 -- 6 p.m. - "Black to the Past" - R.C.'s Lounge at R.C. Cook Union building - Sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma, AASO, Zeta Phi Beta
    • Feb. 2 - 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - "Forgetting about the Greatest Black Generation," presented by Dr. Douglas Bristol - R.C. Cook Union Hall of Honors - Sponsored by USM Dept. of History
    • Feb. 3 - 6 p.m. - "Black History Family Feud" - Seymour's in the R.C. Cook University Union - Sponsored by USM NAACP chapter
    • Feb. 4 - 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. - "For My People: A Celebration of 250 Years of Black American Poetry" - R.C.'s Lounge at R.C. Cook Union building - Sponsored by USM Dept. of English
    • Feb. 10 - 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - "Behind Every Good Man is a Civil Rights Heroine: Women in the Mississippi Movement," presented by Dr. Rebecca Turri - R.C. Cook Union Hall of Honors - Sponsored by USM Dept. of History
    • Feb. 15 - 6 p.m. - "Black PrivilEDGE" - Woods Theater - Sponsored by USM Dept. of Theater
    • Feb. 16 - 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - "A Crime that's so Unjust: Civil Rights Cold Case Murders and their Legacies," presented by Dr. Kevin Greene - located in the R.C. Cook Union Hall of Honors - Sponsored by USM Dept. of History
    • Feb. 17 - 6 p.m. - "My Black is _______" - R.C. Cook University Union, Room A - Sponsored by USM Association of Black Journalists and Kappa Alpha Psi
    • Feb. 18 - 12 p.m. - Soul food luncheon by the Fresh Food Company - Thad Cochran Center - Sponsored by Eagle Dining
    • Feb. 21 - 4 p.m. - "Honoring African American Artists and Composers" - Marsh Auditorium - Sponsored by USM School of Music
    • Feb. 23 - 12 to 1:30 p.m. - Forum presentation by Dr. Max Grivno - R.C. Cook University Union Hall of Honors - Sponsored by USM Dept of History
    • Feb. 24 - 6 p.m. - "The Power of Colors" - R.C. Cook University Union Hall of Honors - Sponsored by USM NAACP
    • Feb. 25 - 12 to 1:30 p.m. - "Strategies for Success in Graduate School" -  room 218 A and B in the Thad Cochran Center, Room A and B - Sponsored by USM Graduate School
  • Gulf Park campus
    • Feb. 16 - 6 p.m. - "Black PrivilEDGE" - Fleming Education Center auditorium - Sponsored by USM Dept. of Theater
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