GODFREY – Lewis and Clark Community College has a variety of events planned in February to honor Black History Month.
“The major plus about our Black History Month calendar is that every event is free and open to the public,” said Student Activities Coordinator Jared Hennings. “We want the community to feel welcome at any of the activities.”
The month-long celebration will kick off at noon, Monday, Feb. 4, in Reid Memorial Library, where Madison County Associate Judge Ryan Jumper will discuss the judicial system and present information on career success in the legal field. He will highlight his background as an example, a how-to guide in motivating students to strive for excellence.
L&C students will perform in a Musical Showcase, which will feature various genres of music, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Hatheway Cultural Center.
“This is one of the few events we have in the evening, catering to the community,” Hennings said. “Featuring instructor Brenda Lancaster’s voice and choir students, performances will focus on noteworthy genres where African Americans contributed significantly, including Soul, R&B, Blues and Gospel.”
Other calendar highlights include the Underground Railroad Tour on Thursday, Feb. 14. Guide J. E. Robinson will provide the history and expertise, describing noteworthy destinations throughout the Riverbend area where slaves sought refuge as they escaped the South.
The coach bus will depart at 1 p.m. from parking lot next to Security Building on north entrance of L&C’s Godfrey Campus. Reservations are required for this event – to make one, contact Hennings at (618) 468-6400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hennings is asking the public to help those who are battling sickle cell anemia by donating blood and registering to become a bone marrow and organ donor during a Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, in The Commons.
Leah Becoat's 3 Purple Coat Productions will integrate performing arts utilizing acting, dance and song in a historical chronology of Black American culture at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel.
Please see a complete calendar of events below. Those wanting more information should contact Hennings at (618) 468-6400 or email@example.com.
Lewis and Clark Black History Month Calendar
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, a ‘how to guide’ in motivating students to strive for excellence.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1:30 p.m. Ann Whitney Olin Theater, Hatheway Cultural Center. A discussion will follow the viewing of “An Outrage,” a 30-minute documentary on lynching and race in America. L&C History Professor 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.
Monday, Feb. 11, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Reid Café. The East St. Louis Community Performance Ensemble will present interactive dance performances featuring traditional West African drumming, costumes and more. Students will participate as they learn various techniques.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Hatheway Cultural Center. During this 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. Attend the Underground Railroad Tour and be amazed at the various locations throughout the Riverbend area where slaves sought refuge as they escaped the South. Guide 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 L&C’s Godfrey Campus. Reservations are required. Call Jared Hennings, (618) 468-6400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Reid Café. If blues is your thing, you won’t want to miss a performance by 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 WBGZ Radio’s regular programming all month long.